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green burialThe funeral is a necessary part of the process when a loved one passes away, and disposal of the deceased person's body is one aspect that family members will have to agree upon. Many individuals and their families are asking for greener alternatives to the traditional methods. Cremations and burials are the most common options, and that will surely be the case for many years to come. Both offer benefits to the surviving family members, though there are many new options that can make the process a bit more environmentally friendly.

As far as burial goes, families can choose a natural burial at a growing number of sites. There are more than 300 locations across the country that offer this service, and that number is expected to grow dramatically in the coming years. In these cases, traditional coffins and chemicals are not used. Instead, the body is wrapped in a biodegradable fabric or placed in a simple pine coffin and buried in a place where it can naturally decompose. The funeral can often be done on-site at these burial grounds or the body can be transported there after the service takes place elsewhere.

Crematoriums with modern burners are greener than what existed just 10 years ago, but they still make an impact on the environment. The process requires a large amount of energy and creates air pollution through the release of carbon dioxide, mercury, and other chemicals into the air. A cremation alternative that is called resomation has surfaced. This process involves disposing of the body through alkaline hydrolysis. Essentially, the body is placed in a water and lye filled tube, which is steam-heated to 300 degrees. After three hours, the body has decomposed and only liquid and powdery fragments remain.

Whether it's a green or traditional service, the loved one's wishes for the funeral and disposal of the body is what's most important. Family members should feel free to discuss their wishes with one another so they can be prepared when the time comes. 

Images and captions courtesy of Mother Nature Network.

Direct Cremation

$935

  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Cremation
  • Alternative container
  • A temporary container

Direct Burial

$935

  • Transportation of deceased
  • Basic services of Funeral Director and Staff
  • Arrangements and transportation to the cemetery
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