Death is an inevitable part of life, and when it happens, we want to give our loved ones the best possible send-off. However, traditional funerals can be damaging to the environment through their use of harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable materials. As such, green funerals have gained popularity for their eco-friendliness and their simplicity. In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of green funerals, including burial, cremation, and green caskets.
Green funerals provide an alternative to the traditional embalming process. In a green funeral, the body is preserved through refrigeration and the use of dry ice. This process eliminates the use of harsh chemicals that are often used in the traditional embalming process. Additionally, green funerals offer a different way of viewing the physical body, as the focus is more on the natural processes of returning the body to the earth.
For those who prefer burial, green burials are another option. In a green burial, the body is placed in a biodegradable casket or coffin without a burial vault or grave liner. This allows the body to decompose naturally and return to the earth. Additionally, green cemeteries are available for those who wish to have a traditional burial but still be environmentally conscious. These cemeteries prohibit the use of embalming, burial vaults, and require biodegradable caskets; some even have natural markers like flowers or trees instead of headstones.
Cremation is also considered a green option with a low carbon footprint. During cremation, the body is reduced to its essential elements through burning. However, it is important to note that the process is not entirely carbon-neutral due to the use of energy during the cremation process. Nevertheless, these emissions are relatively small compared to traditional burials, making cremation still a viable green option. Once the process is complete, the ashes can be placed in an urn or scattered in a meaningful location.
Green caskets are another way to reduce the environmental impact of funerals. These caskets are made from biodegradable materials such as bamboo, willow, or even cardboard. They are light, easy to transport, and decompose naturally once buried. These types of caskets are also significantly cheaper than traditional caskets. It’s worth noting that anyone can choose to create their own casket or shroud for a green funeral, as long as it’s made of biodegradable materials.
Green funerals are an excellent way to give our loved ones an eco-friendly send-off while also providing a more meaningful and natural experience. Choosing a green funeral can bring a sense of peace knowing you’ve done something good for the environment while saying goodbye to someone you love. By eliminating the harsh chemicals and non-biodegradable materials that are typically used in traditional funerals, green funerals allow the body to return to the earth in a natural and dignified way. Whether through a green burial, cremation, or the use of biodegradable caskets, it is clear that green funerals are revolutionizing the funeral industry for the better.