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How To Make A Funeral Service More Environmentally Friendly

You may not think of funeral services and standard burials as being damaging to the environment, but today there are many eco-friendly choices you might consider when planning a funeral. This is because many aspects of a traditional funeral and burial can be very harmful to the environment overall. Note a few of those eco-friendly choices you might consider if you're environmentally conscious and are preplanning your own funeral or are making arrangements for someone else.

1. Natural coffin materials

A standard coffin is typically treated with finishes that preserve its overall look and which gives it a shiny, polished appearance. However, these finishes can release toxins as they break down after burial. The interior materials of a coffin can also release toxins and contaminants as they begin to decay over time.

For a more environmentally-friendly choice, choose natural coffin materials. These might include plain bamboo or simple pine, without any type of chemical finishes or artificial materials used as lining. They won't release those toxins during burial and are safer for the soil and groundwater.

2. Tree or other planting ceremonies

Rather than a standard burial, you may want to think about having a tree or other planting ceremony. This is when all attendees get together and plant a tree, flowers, or shrubbery in honor of the deceased. There are nurseries that host this type of gathering for any occasion, and it can help to restore the environment rather than damage it. It can also be therapeutic, allowing people to see new life rather than simply concentrating on someone's death. You can also encourage people to have a tree planted in the name of the deceased rather than sending flowers, as this too can mean replenishing the environment during this time.

3. Natural burials

One of the most environmentally-friendly options you can have is a natural burial. This refers to a burial of the deceased with no coffin at all. He or she may be wrapped in natural cotton cloths or even in woven leaves. A natural burial also means no embalming fluids are given to the person, as these too can be very harmful to the ground and groundwater as a corpse decomposes. Some people forego having embalming fluids used for religious reasons, and you can request the same. Without any type of chemical used in the deceased and with minimal materials harvested for burial, this is the most eco-friendly choice and is becoming a very popular option for the environmentally conscious.

For more information, contact a business such as Chapel of the Holy Family.