Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Plan a Green Burial

A green burial is a good option for those who are environmental conscious. Since this kind of burial aims to preserve the natural state of nature, it requires nothing that can harm the environment. Hence, it is a natural and environmental kind of burial, and this is why more and more people are opting for this option. And if you want to plan yours, you should know some things that will help you achieve a peaceful, natural funeral.
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Planning a Green Burial

Knowing how to plan a green burial is not only about choosing a biodegradable casket. It also involves other aspects that will ensure that the burial will be natural and harmless to the environment, as a way of giving back even after death. Since it is a funeral option that prioritizes nature, you might want to make things as simple as possible to keep things as traditional and as simple as it can be. It is a way of going back to basics while giving back.

Listed below are some simple guidelines to have a green burial.

  • Biodegradable Casket or Shroud
Since it’s almost all about the environment, green burials use only biodegradable caskets or shrouds. Some people who have planned their burial even choose to not use any kind of cover to keep things as simple as possible.
If you are planning on keeping it simple, a clean and nice shroud will be a nice option.

  • Markers
Markers or tombstones are often prohibited on natural graveyards. The graves are not marked and are kept as natural as possible. Putting mementos is also often discouraged to keep the natural state of the cemetery.
These graveyards often look like simple meadows. Thus, plants, flowers and trees are often 
used as markers.

  • Embalming
Embalming is not often part of a green burial. The body is not embalmed and there are no preservatives used. Hence, the body’s natural state is preserved and the burial takes place at the soonest time possible.
Since it is the simplest and oldest kind of funeral, it is preferable to be less luxurious.

  • Home Funeral
The funeral also often takes place at home. The family of the deceased can also get involved in the preparation to make things as simple as possible. Living markers such as tree seedlings and plants are often made or chosen by the family members.

  • Eternal Reefs
Perhaps one of the most memorable ways to honor your loved one if you choose to go by way of cremation, is with Eternal Reefs. Ashes are molded and concreted into what is known as "Reef Balls", which would become a replication of natural reefs, thus helping restore the marine environment!

Some even put their deceased loved one to rest in their own estate, if the state law permits.

Planning a green burial is easy as it makes things basic. But, if you are planning on having one, make sure that you talk about it with your loved ones, especially your immediate family. This will ensure that your wishes will be followed. Make sure that you put everything into writing so that your family can follow a plan that you have instructed beforehand which will make things a lot easier for them. This will also ensure that your plan for a simple green burial will be followed without confusion.

How do you feel about natural burials? And do you know of any natural burials not mentioned here? Feel free to voice your thoughts below.

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