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Go Out Green — Approaching Funerals With an Eco-Conscience
How to Green Up a Funeral
For those who have lived a life dedicated to environmental responsibility, home funerals and green burials are attractive. Some ideas to include:
  • bathing the body using warm water and essential oils, such as lavender, instead of disinfecting chemicals
  • keeping or bringing the body home for any legal mandatory waiting periods 
          (NH requires a 48-hour period between death and cremation) or visitation period to be kept cool with ice instead of refrigeration units
  • ice, air conditioning, fans, cool rooms to cool the
          body instead of embalming chemicals or
          invasive procedures
  • transporting the body to the crematory or
          cemetery in a home vehicle instead of a
          hearse, limousine, or service vehicle
  • locally grown flowers rather than hothouse
          or imported flowers
  • personalized caskets and urns made from native materials                                                                                                              
  • created by local artists and craftspeople (see the Memorial Artist Resource List below)
  • imported caskets made from renewable resources such as bamboo or willow, 
          unless the carbon footprint in getting it delivered is prohibitive
  • shrouds made of biodegradable materials, such as cotton, muslin, or linen
  • digging graves by hand rather than by large machinery; green cemeteries require less depth
  • not using cement, plastic, or metal outer burial vaults
  • grave markers made of native stone or other locally-sources materials
          NFDA Green Funeral Practices Certified

For more green tips and great environmental exit articles,
go to Treehugger.com

Miniature pine coffin made to scale by Chuck Lakin, Waterville, ME  Last Things
Opa's home funeral with friend