Plan a Green Funeral with Golden Leaves.
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You may take out a standard Green Funeral Plan at any age without a medical or health-check. It is a simple process to organise a green funeral plan today, and then get on with avoiding using it as long as possible!
There are three Golden Leaves standard eco funeral plans to choose from, though other providers offer bespoke plans, so it is very much a matter of discussing your individual needs. But do be aware that environmentally friendly plans are NOT a cheaper alternative.
From the table below you can see the services provided by the funeral director, the number of vehicles required and the type/ style of coffin selected. The Cost of the Funeral Director’s services are guaranteed to be met in full by these plans.
|Standard Green Funeral Plans||Glade||Meadow||Woodland|
|Funeral Director’s professional services||√||√||√|
|Advice on funeral registration, documentation and certification||√||√||√|
|Local removal from place of death to funeral director’s premises|
(within 25 miles)
|Working Hours||24 Hrs||24 Hrs|
|Care of deceased prior to funeral / Hygienic treatments (excludes Embalming)||√||√||√|
|Chapel of Rest available for family and friends to visit||√||√|
|Pine / Willow / Wool / Reflections coffin||√|
|Community Legacy (donation to Groundwork)||√||√||√|
|Natural Memorial(choice of Option A, B or C below)||√||√||√|
|Attendance of conductor and four pallbearers on day of funeral||√||√||√|
|Provision of hearse for service at Crematorium/Cemetery||√||√||√|
|Provision of one limousine||√|
|Provision of two limousines||√|
|Full listing of floral tributes||√||√|
|Thank you cards||√|
|Bereavement counselling (where available)||√||√||√|
|Disbursements* see note below.||Available at extra cost|
Planning a green funeral, for an increasing number of people, cutting damage to the
environment is an important life goal. But do those principles what about when you die? Planning ahead is not a wildly popular topic (can’t think why!), but standard funeral practices do use up natural resources and contribute to air and water pollution. Cremation gives off toxic substances such as soot, sulphur dioxide, and mercury (from dental fillings). Big improvements have been made to crematoria in recent years from this viewpoint with megabucks being spent on expensive filtration equipment – pushing up costs and the prices of prepaid plans. While religious, cultural, or family traditions might shape most things, planning for a green burial through your prepaid green funeral plan can help your loved ones comply with your wishes for a low-impact green funeral.
Since green burial practices are not yet that common, we have to undertake a fair bit of research so we do ask you not to send in your enquiry unless you are ready to take out a green funeral plan within the next couple of weeks. In most cases the green funeral plot will need to be purchased separately, as it is impossible to guarantee availability or cost of the actual burial plot in the future.
And do bear in mind that green funerals are mostly more expensive than normal ones.
Here are some factors to consider whilst thinking about you green funeral plan.
EMBALMING FLUID – NOT FOR GREEN FUNERALS.
Embalming is the preservation of a body from decay, originally with spices and, more recently, through arterial injection of embalming fluid. It is associated with the Egyptians, but today’s process is very different.
The current use of the word “embalming” is misleading. The process is generally referred to as hygienic treatment. It is used to improve the visual appearance of the body and to prevent deterioration in the period leading up to the funeral which would make the viewing of the deceased by relatives a less distressing event. It has no long-term preservative value and cannot be compared with the Egyptian concept of preserving bodies.
The decision as to the merits of embalming must lie with the individual although a number of issues should be considered:
GREEN FUNERAL: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES OF EMBALMING.
The embalming process involves removing the body fluids and replacing them with a solution of formaldehyde, often containing a pink dye. The body fluids are treated and disposed of via the public sewer. The embalming fluid normally consists of a 2% solution of formaldehyde, an irritant, volatile acid.
Those who have concerns that embalming fluid may pollute the environment have a right to stipulate that this is not carried out on their body after death. Similarly, executors or nearest relatives making funeral arrangements can specify that embalming is not carried out on the deceased. Better yet, specify it in your green funeral plan.
In some burial schemes, such as woodland burial, all chemicals may be prohibited. This restriction may apply to embalming fluid as well as to horticultural chemicals.
GREEN FUNERALS: DO YOU HAVE A CHOICE?
You should reasonably expect to be informed about the embalming process. If you are opposed to embalming, it may be advisable to expressly forbid it. Some undertakers are firm believers in embalming, so a prepaid green funeral plan settles things once and for all!