As more people are becoming “eco-conscious” or “eco-aware” and are making deliberate choices to reduce their impact on the earth, more questions are being asked about funeral related services and products that fit this mindset.
Green or Natural Burial is when the body is returned to the earth in as natural a state as possible, allowing the earth to decompose the body, contributing to the renewal of the environment.
When Green Burial is chosen, the body is prepared without embalming before being placed into a biodegradable casket made of natural fiber (wicker or sustainably harvested wood) or wrapped in a biodegradable shroud.
In the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island green burial options are found at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver and at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, Canada’s first urban green burial site.
If Green Burial is not possible for you but you are interested in reducing your environmental impact during the funeral planning, here are 10 simple things you can do to make a difference:
- Car pool to the Memorial service.
- Donate to a charity rather than sending flowers.
- Choose a biodegradable urn.
- Choose an eco-friendly casket.
- Leave a living marker in memory of the one who has died by planting a tree or bush.
- Choose a memorial marker made from local stone, rather than using markers made of imported stone.
- Choose to use local foods and beverages for the reception or wake.
- Use recycled paper for memorial cards.
- Leave condolences on-line rather than sending a card.
- Tell others about the option to choose eco-friendly funeral products and services.
Feel free to call or email us at Classic Cremation for more information.