A green burial means the body is not embalmed. No costly funeral services, caskets or other accouterments need be provided. A green burial allows the body to decompose naturally and affects the environment is a small way.
A lower-cost, eco-friendly alternative
An environmental, family-friendly home funeral allows the close relatives to decide if they want to prepare the body themselves, enclose them in a shroud, a wicker or even woolen basket or biodegradable product and plant them in a woodland burial site—so popular now in the United Kingdom. For example at Clandon Wood, in the Surry Hills in England, the dead are placed into a nature reserve. It is a woodland setting with 48 species of flowers and grasses and is home to thousands of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals. To look at it, you would think it was just a slice of natural topography such as a bio-diverse meadow.
A more loving, realistic family and congregation method
While you may not have the resources for a plan such as the British model, there are three places to begin. The first is to find out the consumer rights for the state in which you live – you can do so at FuneralEthics.org.
Next, it is suggested you take a trip to the Home Funeral Directory and begin reading to see how others have done it. And for the more complete, inexpensive and inspirational guidelines print out the PDF Undertaken With Love, an all-encompassing guide book that has stories about home viewing, ideas on using non-commercial ingenuity and community enterprise, tips on giving meaning to the deceased person’s life; plus readings and ideas on how to reclaim the past by doing it on your own terms on family land—without retail or spoiling the environment. Based on historical tradition, a willing family may find it challenging, but entirely meaningful.