Green Burial Options

Published: December 19, 2022
by BC Bailey Funeral Home

funeral homes in Meriden, CT

You may have heard that certain aspects of the burial process harm the environment. If a loved one passes on and you know they would want to have services that are as ‘green’ as possible, there are choices you can make to go that direction. The professionals at funeral homes in Meriden, CT are there to help you with those options. Here are a few to consider.

Biodegradable Casket Options

One thing you can consider is giving your loved one a green, biodegradable casket. One of the issues with caskets is that some parts of them, like anything metallic, just never break down, but rather stay on the earth long-term. You might want to get a biodegradable casket, like cardboard. It works for services but will break down in the earth in a natural way so you aren’t doing any harm.

Skip Embalming

Embalming is a process that helps to preserve your loved one for a longer period of time so they can have an open casket at the visitation and/or funeral service. If you are okay with having a closed casket, you might skip the embalming. The process is costly and uses chemicals and professional applications. You won’t be putting those chemicals into the ground, where eventually they will seep out and into the soil.

Go With Cremation

While cremation isn’t completely green (it releases carbon emissions into the air), there are a lot of things about it that are greener than the alternative. It costs less, takes up less space in the earth (or even no space), allows you to use fewer natural resources, and gives you the chance to avoid embalming completely. You can place nothing on the earth and take up no space at all if you so choose. Cremation, most experts believe, is a greener way to go.

Bury In A Family Yard

Instead of burying your loved one in the cemetery after a funeral, you can have the cremation done and then, you can bury them in your family’s garden, under a tree, or in other locations. You aren’t taking up space in the cemetery and you aren’t placing harmful items in the ground, either. You can use a biodegradable urn that breaks down, or even something with seeds in it so you are able to see new life come from the place where your loved one is buried. It can place a bit of a shin on their death, in a way.

There are lots of other ways to keep your loved one’s death in perspective and act in a way that is more friendly to the environment as a whole. If you want to move forward with things in a green manner, the professionals at funeral homes in Meriden, CT can help you with that. Tell them that you want to protect the environment and they will show you all of the green options and allow you to move forward in the direction you want to take from there. They will support whatever you decide and help you to implement what you choose.

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