Plan a Green Funeral with our help.
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? Funeral planning 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 funeral 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!