Leaving a Lighter Footprint

The desire for more environmentally friendly products has grown dramtically in recent years.  The funeral industry and the funeral customer have been slower to make this transition.  That said it has still grown and will continue to grow in the future.

What is a green funeral?

A green funeral incorporates environmentally friendly options and may include any or all of the folliwng: no embalming or embalming with formaldehyde-free products, the use of sustainable biodegradable clothing, a shorud or biodegradable casket, using recycled paper products, serving organic food, locally grown organic flowers, carpooling, as well as a natural or green burial.

What is a natural or green burial?

In the purist sense a natural or green burial, the body is buried without embalming, in a natural setting.  Any shroud or casket that is used must be biodegradable, nomtoxic, and of sustainable material. Traditional headstones are not permitted.  Instead flat rocks, plants, or trees may serve as grave markers. A "natural od green burial" also may mean burial without embalming, in a biodegradable casket without a vault, when permitted by a cemetery.

Local green options are limited for final disposition.  We did a Living Urn recently which is basically a tree planted in a biodegradable urn with cremated remains being part of the urn.  The only green cemetery in the area is Glen Forest in Yellow Springs .

If you are interested in exploring these options or other green options that are not local, give us a call and we will be happy to find and give you the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.


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