Green Funerals – sometimes referred to as ‘natural burials’ or ‘eco funerals’ – are an increasingly popular option.
Sustainability and the effects of our product and service choices on the world around us have never been more in the spotlight. It’s not surprising that this has also become an important factor to consider when planning a funeral.
There are many options now widely available to make a funeral more ecologically friendly, from swapping out elements such as commercially grown flowers to something more natural, to arranging a completely green funeral.
What is a green funeral?
A green funeral is a type of funeral that uses fewer harmful or wasteful materials during the body preparation and burial process, with the aim of reducing the funeral’s environmental impact. The ceremony is typically held in a natural setting, such as a meadow or woodland area, that promotes native flowers and wildlife, while preserving the natural beauty of the environment.
Why choose a green funeral?
Many people choose to have a green funeral because they are concerned about their environmental impact and want to continue being eco-friendly even after death. A natural burial is the process of returning a body to the earth in the most natural way possible and can be a more pleasant way to remember a loved one.
Is a green funeral right for me or my loved one?
A green funeral may be right for you or your loved one if you’d prefer an environmentally conscious funeral, a nature-focused service, or a non-religious service – or all three. Many people choose green funerals because they like the idea of a body returning to the earth and planting a tree or flowers in memory of a loved one.
What is an eco-friendly coffin?
An eco-friendly coffin is made from sustainable materials and will not harm the environment as it decomposes. There are several types of eco-friendly coffins available, such as cardboard coffins, wool coffins, willow coffins, and FSC certified wooden coffins. Each type has its unique features, advantages, and cost implications.
What eco-friendly options are there for funerals?
Even if you are not having a completely green funeral, there are several easy swaps you can make to make a funeral more environmentally friendly. For example, you can choose seasonal and hand-tied flowers, avoid any foam and polystyrene, use online invites, use local public transport, choose a more natural and environmentally friendly material for your coffin, and opt for a natural burial ground.
Greener Ways to Remember
There are also considerations you can make for any ceremonial or memorial tributes you plan for your loved one. For example, instead of releasing balloons and sky lanterns, you can choose flower petals or seeded paper that have a positive impact on the environment.
Planning a green funeral?
We can help. Get in touch with our team to explore your options and discover how we can create a personalised funeral plan tailored to your preferences. Pre-planning your funeral doesn’t just ensure that your final wishes are respected, but it also allows you to make financial arrangements and ease the burden on your loved ones. Contact us today to start planning for peace of mind.