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Green Funerals

With the rise of environmental awareness, green funerals are slowly becoming more popular each year. Funeral homes, including Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, are offering new green products and services for these types of funerals. Such services include natural burials, no embalming practices, eco-friendly coffins, organically grown flowers, and many more.

For such arrangements, formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited. This may necessitate a closed-casket service and a quick burial, as embalming fluid slows down the decomposition process.

Materials for the coffin must also be carefully considered. Metal or hardwood caskets are not appropriate for a green burial, so coffins made out of cardboard, jute, or bamboo are typically selected for these services.

After the funeral, it is common practice to place a marker on the location where the deceased has been buried. Instead of headstones made of marble and other quarried materials, a living marker may be considered. The mourners can opt to plant a tree or flowering bush to mark the grave.

Phaneuf Funeral Homes’ Green Funeral package provides everything necessary for a burial within a green cemetery, conventional cemetery, or in certain instances, on private property. While the loss of a loved one is difficult, showing environmental and ethical convictions at this time can provide the send-off a deeper meaning.

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