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Understanding Green Burials & How They Work

For many people, choosing burial is the most traditional way to go, for personal and religious reasons. Traditional burials are often not eco-friendly, due to the burial containers and embalming fluid. For those looking for a “greener” option, green burials allow for a burial process, while being eco-friendly.

What Is a Green Burial and How Does It Work?

According to the Green Burial Council, a green burial is defined as: “A way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns.”

What Are the Advantages of A Green Burial?

Perfect for the Eco-Friendly Consumer

Green burials are “green” for a reason – they're extremely healthy for the planet. With no harsh embalming chemicals or non-biodegradable burial materials entering the ground, they make the perfect burial solution for those looking for an eco-friendlier arrangement. With this type of burial, you can still have everything you would, service-wise as with a traditional burial, without the harm to the earth.

Gives the Ability to Have Versatile Services Green burials can make planning your preferred services much easier, as they are more flexible than traditional burials. For example, if you like the idea of having a home burial but are still looking to include the funeral director in certain aspects of care, a blended funeral may be for you.

Are There Disadvantages of Green Burials?

They May Not be Available in Your Area

Performing green burials requires special certification, ensuring the process follows the environmental and ethical standards required. In other words, green burials do not come standard with any funeral home. You may have to find a special funeral company, or research providers that offer these services - if arranging a green burial is the route you would like to go.

There Isn’t Much Protection from the Elements

For those concerned about protecting remains from the elements, a green burial is probably not for you. With biodegradable burial materials designed for natural decomposition, it is guaranteed the remains will be exposed to the elements.

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