What is Green Burial?

By: Louis Bruno
Monday, October 15, 2018

Over the years, there has been a lot of change in the manner in which funerals are held. Many people prefer not to have a formal service, and opt for a celebration of life. And this isn’t the only change that has taken place in the funeral space. Many people are opting to pre-plan and pre-pay for their funerals.

People are also increasingly becoming aware of the fact that traditional funerals can be harmful to the environment. The amount of concrete, formaldehyde, wood etc. that is required in standard funerals can be a huge burden on the environment. There was a time when it was believed cremations are a better option compared to burials, with reference to the eco-friendly aspect.

Green Burials- What Are They?

However, cremations also use a significant amount of energy and emissions defile the environment. This has brought in the green burial wave. While people have heard about this not many are aware of exactly what it involves. Here are some facts about green burials:

  • No embalming fluids are required. This is because the body isn’t embalmed at all.
  • A biodegradable container will be used to bury the body.
  • There would be no concrete vault or even a grave liner installed.
  • The land management system used is far more sustainable.
  • There will be no concrete grave markers.
  • In case the family prefers to install a grave marker, it would be made of natural stone or a tree would be planted in that spot.
  • The grounds where the burial takes place would have many beneficial plant species installed.
  • No chemical or mechanical methods will be used to manage the plantings.
  • Water-efficient plants and irrigation systems would be employed on the grounds.
  • Energy would be used efficiently.
  • The focus is on conserving the integrity of the ecological biosphere.

At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, we provide comprehensive funeral services; feel free to contact us with your requirements.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Documentation To Have In Place Before Death

When a person advances in age, it is important for them to make sure that all of the paperwork is in place. Everyone has several different types of documentation that need to be kept in order such ...

Helping Children Understand Loss

When a member of your family passes away, explaining the situation to your child is difficult. Many adults avoid discussing such topics with their children entirely. However, it is important to hav...

How To Choose The Right Celebrant Or Clergy Member For Your Loved One's Service

When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, you still have the responsibility of organizing the funeral service. It is essential to find the right celebrant or clergy to help you design a ce...

Etiquette for Social Media Condolences

Social media has taken over our lives in a significant way. Many people have social media accounts on various platforms and are very active on them. It isnt uncommon for people to communicate regul...

Should Your Child Attend the Funeral?

All parents want to protect their children from the harsh realities of life like death and funerals. Many hesitate to discuss such topics with their kids, worrying that they might scare them. Howe...

Grief - What Is Normal?

People who are grieving the death of a loved one suffer often wonder whether their grief is normal. Grief is a normal response after the death of a family member or close friend and healing too, is...

What's the Point of a Funeral?

While the disposition is often thought of as addressing the needs of the deceased, a funeral or memorial service is typically held to address the needs of the living. The death of someone we love l...

Coping With An Unexpected Death

The unexpected death of a loved one can be a blow to the family as well as close friends. The disbelief that they feel transitions to feelings of remorse, frustration, anger, regret etc. All of the...

The Importance Of Personalizing A Funeral or Memorial Service

Conducting a funeral service gives you the chance to memorialize your loved one in a unique way. This is the time when family and friends can express their feelings and the grief they feel. But whe...

Managing Grief During the Festive Season

Happy families, delicious food and lovely hand-wrapped presents make holidays joyous and wonderful but not necessarily. If you have lost a loved one, it can be an incredibly challenging to pass thi...