Rachel Zeldin, the founder of I’m Sorry to Hear, recently wrote a very thought provoking piece about natural burials. Zeldin said that “With Death Comes Life”, which means that natural burials can be used to continue preserving the environment.
Green Burials Become More Common
Many people seem to appreciate the content that she talks about. According to a recent article from the Washington Post, green Burials are becoming more common as baby boomers age, because they are highly concerned about green living. While there aren’t any definitive statistics on the number of people that have natural burials, a study from Kates-Boylston Publications found that 43% of people would consider a green burial.
There are a number of reasons that people find the concept appealing after they pass. Some people are generally concerned about protecting the environment and would rather their death be used to fertilize the world rather than involve unnecessarily dumping embalming fluids into the earth.
Others hold a holistic view on the world and would rather be part of the earth than spend eternity cradled in a wooden casket. Fiona Weeks’s mother was one of those that sought a green burial. She said that her mother wasn’t really an environmentalist, but still wanted to be part of the world after she departed. The Post reports that many other people felt the same way as Weeks’ mother.
Planning a Natural Burial
There are a number of things that you can do to prepare a green burial for your departed friend or family member. Here are some things that you can do to prepare:
- Find a natural area that you would like to preserve
- Purchase a biodegradable casket for the burial or use cardboard or wicker materials
- Do not use any embalming fluids to preserve the corpse
- Use a tree or rock for a grave marker rather than a traditional tombstone
- Ask to hold the wake in your home
There are many green cemeteries across the country, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a green burial site. You may even be able to conduct a natural burial in a traditional cemetery so that your loved one can be with their spouse or other family members.
There are a number of different things that you can do to reduce the carbon footprint that you leave while holding a funeral. Speak to your funeral planner to discuss your options for a natural burial.