Green / Eco-Friendly Burials
Today when we hear the word “green”, it is associated less with the color itself than with the popular environmentalist philosophy. Consumers are increasingly concerned about environmental issues, and even those skeptical of all the political rhetoric will admit to a feeling of stewardship when it comes to taking care of our planet. They are making choices based on what they perceive will positively impact the earth, “reduce their carbon footprint”, save energy, and sustain instead of deplete natural resources. It is evident everywhere in our daily lives. Things like recycling, reusable shopping bags, organic food products, biodegradable waste, energy efficient appliances, hybrid vehicles, and the controversial global warming debate are all proof of the green mindset.
Exactly what is a green burial? Well, essentially, it is one designed to minimize disturbance to the earth. First think about a traditional funeral. The deceased is laid to rest in a permanent container, the casket, which is lowered into a protective vault at the gravesite, and is marked by a headstone or monument. All of these things become a lasting part of the environment.
The focus of a green funeral is just the opposite. Instead of the usual casket, the person is placed in a simple casket, one made of natural wood or other material that will biodegrade over time, constructed with wooden dowels instead of metal hardware. Some may prefer to forego a casket altogether, opting instead for a burial shroud made of natural fibers.
The Green Burial Council is a non-profit organization that promotes green burials. For more information on this topic, check out their website, www.greenburialcouncil.org. PinesFunerals is certified by the Green Burial Council to provide green burials.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more.