With more and more emphasis being placed on sustainability and environmental friendliness around the globe, many individuals are becoming more serious about living in green ways that limit their negative impact on the environment. Some care about this impact so much, in fact, that they place provisions in their will or pass on wishes to family members about replacing funeral arrangements with eco-friendly alternatives when the time of their passing comes.
At Lindquist Mortuaries, we’re happy to explain all our eco-friendly funeral options to you as part of our funeral planning services, including everything from cremation options to various vault or casket material choices. Let’s take a look at several areas where those who choose to can promote environmental friendliness with their funeral choices.
While it’s somewhat tougher to find a dedicated “green” burial location, a difficult sort of property to own and operate, it’s easily possible to find a burial site with many natural elements that promote nature and peace for a final resting place. The area chosen should reflect the personality of the person doing the choosing, a place where family can come and evoke their memory in a serene environment after their passing. Ask our funeral planning experts about specific sustainability factors that might be present in your chosen burial location.
In addition to burial site, ask about a wide variety of burial caskets, urns and vaults that might be available for holding the remains of the departed. There are numerous eco-friendly options here, from several wood casket types that are suitable for cremation up to alternative materials like bamboo, wool and others.
There are also numerous urn materials that, if used correctly, will break down naturally once they’re buried in the earth. In addition, choosing to go without a metal casket for burial limits the number of natural resources that need to go into any burial situation.
As we alluded to above, cremation is a great eco-friendly choice when it comes to the remains of the departed. Not only do you significantly limit the number of resources that have to be used for the handling of remains, you can choose to stop environmentally unfriendly materials from being buried in the ground altogether. If you do choose to bury the remains, this can be done in one of the urn types we mentioned above, many of which will naturally degrade in the ground – and even those that don’t are taking up far less space and using fewer materials than a full casket or vault.
In addition, cremation has many options for many families. It can eliminate certain expenses like the casket, vault, burial fees, headstone and other cemetery costs.
For more on eco-friendly funeral and burial options, or to learn about any of our funeral arrangements or other services, speak to the caring staff at Lindquist Mortuaries today.