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Green Funeral: Burial Methods That Harmonise with the Environment

by Admin - on Jul 26th 2018 - Comments Off on Green Funeral: Burial Methods That Harmonise with the Environment

Flower Arrangement on CoffinAlive, people create vast amounts of pollution. It is evident in the traffic fumes their vehicles emit, the fossil fuel they burn, the chemicals they use to manufacture products, and the waste they dump on landfills.

In death, the situation doesn’t get any better.

Pollution Caused by Traditional Funerals

Traditional funerals pollute in many ways. Embalming is done with formaldehyde, a carcinogen known to cause throat and nasal cancers. If the deceased person is buried after being embalmed, formaldehyde can seep into the soil.

Solid wood coffins are a poor use of resources and contribute to deforestation. If cremation is done in a conventional coffin, carbon emissions are high. Emissions are also created by the hearses that transport the coffin to the crematorium or cemetery.

It is the reason demand has been rising for funerals that don’t harm the environment.  A green funeral company can help family members choose the most fitting send-off for their loved one. The environmentally conscious can also select this type of funeral in advance with a pre-paid green funeral plan encompassing all of their ethical values.

Benefits of a ‘Green’ Funeral

‘Green’ funerals are designed with the environment in mind. Some of the key aspects include:

  • No embalming of the body – eliminates the risks of formaldehyde
  • Eco-coffin made of materials such as cardboard, bamboo or wicker
  • Cremation with eco-coffin – reduces emissions by half
  • Use of horse and carriage for transporting eco-coffin to final resting place
  • Scattering of ashes or burial in a natural environment, such as a forest or wildflower meadow
  • A memorial garden or woodland near a family member’s home as the final resting place – gives the family the chance to visit the memorial on foot
  • A grave marker that is made locally or planting a tree with a plaque

Eco-friendly funerals are becoming a favourite way to send loved ones to their final resting place. If the deceased person lived in harmony with his/her environment, it makes sense that his/her funeral should reflect this.

Planning Your Final Farewell

by Admin - on Dec 12th 2017 - Comments Off on Planning Your Final Farewell

Woman holding a flower at a funeralBuying burial plots may prove to be a challenge due to the high demand and limited supply of plots available. The general population still choose a traditional burial, and there may come a time that a traditional funeral cannot be accommodated.

Even though there are limited burial slots left available, that does not mean that you should abandon the idea of a traditional burial. McDougal Funeral Home recommends that you discuss your concerns with a funeral director from Taylorsville if you do choose to be laid to rest traditionally, so you would know that there are certain factors to consider.

Is the Price Right For You?

When computing for the cost, you might want to ask about the cemetery fees, so your family will not get an unpleasant surprise when the time comes. These fees include the plot, the opening and closing of the grave, the tombstone, the outer burial container (which can be a vault or a liner), and the burial permit.

Choose a Funeral Home and Cemetery That Offers a Discount

If you’re on a budget, look for cemeteries and funeral homes that offer discounts. They may also provide free transportation if you use a facility or transport that they have a partnership.

Religious Cemeteries

If you are a religious person, you might want to look into a more religious setting where the cemetery is nestled right beside a church or temple that is open only to the members of the said church.

Cemeteries For the Military

Certain cemeteries are only open to the those who have served in the military and it is a great honor to be buried in one. So if you think you or a loved one is qualified, you may want to get in touch with the Veteran’s department for more information.

Location and Space Of Cemetery

Like any real estate property, you should look into certain factors when choosing the location of a cemetery. Will the upkeep be challenging? Will a development outside the cemetery change the view? Space is also a factor, especially if you want to purchase a family plot. You should consider how much space is required for the family and how many intend to use the plot.

Cemetery Rules and Regulations

Each cemetery has a set of rules. There are visiting hours restrictions, grave maintenance details, and even monthly payments. Make sure that you understand them before you make a purchase.

Final Word

Pre-planning your funeral is not necessarily a bad thing. Doing so can help make it easier for your loved ones to take care of your funeral arrangements.