Green Burials Versus Traditional Burials

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Green BurialsGreen burials are an environment-friendly alternative to a traditional burial. Green burials also referred to as natural burials, impose less harm to the environment compared to conventional funerals.

Rather than concentrating on the funeral service, green burials focus more on the burial process and incorporate more sustainable methods and products. Although traditional burials are still the most common, more people are becoming concerned with the environment and are looking at green burials for loved ones. The following are some of the primary differences between green burials and traditional burials.

Green Burials Versus Traditional Burials

Embalming

In a traditional burial the body is embalmed, which is a process of preserving the body with chemicals. The embalming process and the decomposition of an embalmed body both pose a risk to the environment. In a green burial the body is prepared without chemicals so that it can decompose naturally.

Casket

Traditional burials often use a metal or hardwood casket, which are not sustainable and can impact the local environment. All products used in green burials are environmentally friendly. If a casket is used to bury the body, it is made from locally harvested and sustainable wood, recycled paper, wicker, or other eco-friendly materials. Instead of a casket a simple cloth shroud can be used to bury the body.

Environment

The main point in question involving green and traditional funerals is the effect on the environment. Setting aside the issues of convenience and cost, the striking difference between the methods of arranging a service is on what they do to nature. Green burials do not use conventional grave markers that can detract from the natural landscape. Instead, natural markers are used including plants, trees or a small flat stone native to the local environment. The goal is to preserve the environment and attract wildlife, versus a traditional burial, which will use a large granite monument.

Cemetery

Green burials and traditional burials can take place in the same section of a cemetery. However, there are a number of cemeteries that are creating special sections of the cemetery that can be used for green funerals. A green cemetery will not use pesticides, herbicides or irrigation. Instead, the cemetery is a protected, natural environment, where friends and family can gather to pay respects to the deceased.

Cost

Green burials are typically less costly than traditional burials as there are less wasted expenditures on funeral products, such as metal caskets, flower arrangements and other decorative pieces. The focus of green burials is on the environment and using locally sourced materials is not only eco-friendly, but also less expensive.

 

For the sake of nature, it is important to look into a green burial instead of a traditional burial. The millions of funerals per year do harm to the environment and it is important to be one of the few who insists on making a difference. When you’re planning a funeral, locate a funeral home and cemetery that offer green funeral services. Discuss a green burial with your funeral director, who will be able to provide you with a list of funeral products and burial options available to you.

Green funerals adapt the popular idea of “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”. In no means are you being less respectful because these eco-friendly plans are not the traditional services given. Not only do green funerals show respect to the deceased person, but also show respect to the local environment.

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Jason Ropchan is the Founder and CEO of Your Tribute, an online resource for Funeral and Grief information and products. He has more than 15 years experience in the funeral industry developing and marketing funeral technology. He has worked with thousands of funeral homes worldwide to help them provide online memo...

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    Rory

    • I am glad that you liked our article on green burials. I looked at your website and there is a lot of helpful information for people looking to learn more about green funerals.

  • Mobi Medical Supply

    Excellent article. Besides being an eco-friendly alternative to traditional
    burials, green burials are also a commitment to sustaining, conserving and
    protecting the Earth to which our bodies will ultimately return. I think more funeral services should consider this.

  • Natural Death Centre

    A really interesting piece. To help people choose a Natural Burial
    Ground in the UK then see the Natural Death Centre Charity website’s list of
    Association of Natural Burial Grounds Members.

    Susan Morris, Trustee
    The Natural Death Centre Charity, Association of Natural Burial Grounds
    Registered Charity No: 1091396 http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk @ndccharity