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Planning a Green Funeral at Home

Plan a green funeral at home providing your loved one a dignified passing, includes step-by-step instructions and green methods for burial.

| April/May 2003

  • Mildred, age 86, wanted a home funeral, just like her folks back in Iowa, so her children obliged. Mildred's decorated casket rode to the crematory in the family's camper van.
    Mildred, age 86, wanted a home funeral, just like her folks back in Iowa, so her children obliged. Mildred's decorated casket rode to the crematory in the family's camper van.
    COURTESY FINAL PASSAGES
  • Family and friends of Mari, age 45, who died of breast cancer, decorate her casket.
    Family and friends of Mari, age 45, who died of breast cancer, decorate her casket.
    PHOTO: COURTESY FINAL PASSAGES
  • Learn how to plan a green funeral at home for your loved one. Death midwife Jerri Lyons sits with Jasmine during her three-day wake.
    Learn how to plan a green funeral at home for your loved one. Death midwife Jerri Lyons sits with Jasmine during her three-day wake.
    PHOTO: COURTESY FINAL PASSAGES
  • Our guest experts Dr. Billy and Kimberley Campbell.
    Our guest experts Dr. Billy and Kimberley Campbell
    COURTESY THE CAMPBELLS'

  • Mildred, age 86, wanted a home funeral, just like her folks back in Iowa, so her children obliged. Mildred's decorated casket rode to the crematory in the family's camper van.
  • Family and friends of Mari, age 45, who died of breast cancer, decorate her casket.
  • Learn how to plan a green funeral at home for your loved one. Death midwife Jerri Lyons sits with Jasmine during her three-day wake.
  • Our guest experts Dr. Billy and Kimberley Campbell.

Learn how to plan a green funeral at home that provides a dignified passing and an earth-friendly burial for your loved one.

Help With Home Funerals

Home Funerals
Home Funeral Requirements

Here's how to ensure your final resting place is earth friendly and priced right.

A typical, no-frills funeral and burial in the United States costs from $6,000 to $10,000, uses formaldehyde in embalming, non degradable steel caskets and concrete vaults placed shoulder to shoulder in established cemeteries.



Burial in a green or natural cemetery, on the other hand, can cost half as touch, and embalming mortal caskets and concrete burial vault's are prohibited. Instead, biodegradable caskets, usually made of wood or cardboard, or burial shrouds of natural fibers are used. Green cemetery graves are placed randomly throughout a woodland or meadow, and marked only in natural ways, with the planting of a tree or shrub, or the placement of a flat indigenous stone, which may or may not be engraved. Burial locations are mapped with a GIS (geographic information system), so future generations can locate an ancestors final resting place.

There are more than 200 green cemetery its in Great Britain, and the idea is beginning to catch on here in North America. Lisa Carlson is executive, director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance in South Burlington, Vermont, and author of Caring for the Dead , which tackles the topic of funeral law state by state. She reports embalming, expensive caskets anti concrete vaults are: not required by law in any state. Bodies can be kept cool until burial rather than being embalmed and cemeteries require vaults only to prevent soil settling and facilitate grass mowing.

celia
7/1/2007 9:49:43 PM

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