Though funeral planning isn’t always at the top of the priority list for most Americans, it’s important to know what some of your burial options include.
If you haven’t heard about green burials, you might want to consider some of the benefits of opting for one.
Whether you’re looking ahead for yourself so that you can help your loved ones, or if you’re in the difficult position of needing to plan for the burial of someone else, understanding your options can make the process easier.
A Green Burial is Usually Defined by 3 Main Traits
Green burials are those that have a little of an impact on the environment as possible. Three main traits typically define a green burial and include the following:
- These burials strive to conserve natural resources
- Environmental preservation is always a top priority
- The health of industry workers is taken seriously, which means certain embalming fluids are avoided.
These alternative burial methods are growing in popularity as more people consider the financial and environmental effects that traditional burials pose.
1. Green Burials Help Preserve the Environment
Green caskets are made out of materials that biodegrade easily. This means they aren’t adding a bunch of toxins to the surrounding earth while they decompose. Traditional caskets take a very long time to decompose, especially when the casket is made up of any metal parts.
And since the majority of traditional caskets undergo chemical treatments in the form of veneer or paint, these materials will seep into the soil as the casket deteriorates. This is not the case with environmentally friendly green caskets.
2. Green Burials Also Protect Industry Workers
Green burials aren’t just favorable for the environment. They’re also better for the funeral home workers who are often exposed to high levels of carcinogens, embalming fluid, and formaldehyde.
Green burials methods include more natural alternatives to these often toxic chemicals. Essential oils are used instead and don’t pose any health risks to the embalmer.
3. Green Cemeteries and Green Burials Go Hand in Hand
Green cemeteries are those that require green caskets and, typically, prohibit the use of traditional caskets. They also prohibit the burial of bodies that have been embalmed with toxic materials.
There are different types of green cemeteries, some stricter than others. Some are more lenient about the burial container, while others are very strict in their standards.
4. They Are Usually Less Expensive
Aside from the environmental benefits, many people opt for green burials simply because they cost less on average than a traditional burial. In fact, with a natural burial, you can save as much as 50% when compared with the expense of a traditional burial.
Funerals and the accompanying burial expenses can cost families thousands of dollars. By making your wishes to go natural known, you can look out for the loved ones you leave behind.
Learn More About Your Options
Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about why some people decide to go with green burials, you can make a more informed decision. But you still don’t have to go through the planning process alone. We are here to help.
Contact us with any questions or concerns you have. We want to help you make the decision that’s best for you and your family.