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Green Funerals

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“Environmentally friendly options for burial, cremation and services”

As more and more people become concerned about the effects on the environment of traditional burial and cremation, the consideration of a green funeral is becoming increasingly popular. A green funeral is an alternative to traditional burial or cremation because it is an environmentally friendly option . The thought behind a green funeral is to keep the process and products as natural as possible. The type of funeral service should naturally reflect an individual’s character, their way of life, beliefs and ideals.

Casket and Urn Selections

Green funerals include a casket or urn that is completely 100% biodegradable. Absolutely no plastic or metal is incorporated in the caskets or urn during their production. They are free of any stains, varnishes, oils, or animal products and only biodegradable, non-toxic glue is used. The wood used for the casket or urn should also be from sustainable, local forests.

Preparation

Aside from the casket, the body must be prepared in an environmentally friendly fashion as well. This typically means that there is no embalming and no chemicals used, including cosmetics. Although, if embalming is requested by the family, a less-toxic embalming fluid may be used.

Dressing

The deceased is commonly dressed in natural fiber clothing containing renewable sources, such as cotton, wool or hemp. Locally grown organic flowers or plants and grave markers that are unpolished and naturally shaped stones are also appropriate selections.

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We are committed to providing eco-friendly options for families through simple and easy to understand products.  Please look through your choices here and if you have any questions, give us a call (440) 516-5555

Resources: http://agreenerfuneral.org/