Traditional burial has always and is still being used by many families to give a loved one a befitting send-off. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is time to think about the impacts that this kind of burial brings to the environment in general. The death of one person is nothing to have any considerable environmental impact, but consider the number of people that pass away at a given time on a global scale.
The figures stand at a staggering 5 million daily, making it around 60 million people yearly. Now, if all these people were to be given a traditional burial, how many trees and flowers would fall in order to obtain timber for making and decorating caskets and how would it cost mother earth? Have an eco-friendly funeral by adopting the following six ways.
Use biodegradable materials
Whether you go for cremation or burial, consider using materials that are biodegradable and can save the environment from degradation. It is true that you want to show that you love and consider somebody important, even in death, but be careful not to harm your descendants in the process. Use coffins and urns that are biodegradable like the ones made from cardboard or bamboo.
Have a green memorial service
The main focus is to reduce or eliminate any negative impact on the environment as a result of funerals. If you have to use flowers, take them from those who grow them organically and when making programs and hymn sheets try to use recycled paper. Also, consider the renting of buses or carpooling to eliminate the long line of cars for the occasion.
Sympathy gifts don’t have to be flowers
Flowers usually last for a very short period considering their impact on farming resources. Instead of going for them, try going for sympathy gifts that are not only eco-friendly, but also last for a long time. For instance, give a charity donation in the name of the departed that will uplift the lives of many people.
Go for a green marker
You do not necessarily need to use statues, gravestone or monument markers on burial sites. What if you designate a green marker like a bush, flower garden or even a tree? Better still, you can have an online memorial that can be visited by friends and family whenever they feel like.
Go for cremation instead of burial
When you choose cremation, use a modern crematorium that does not release toxins into the air. Cremation has proved to be more eco-friendlier than traditional burials as it creates more land for the living and does not lead to environmental contamination as a result of embalming fluids.
Plan your cremation ahead
Avoid having your loved ones to make quick or alternative burial arrangements by planning your cremation ahead. Let your loved ones have a stress free parting process by consulting your cremation provider early in time to ensure that all the necessary cremation preparations are made.
Our cremation services in Hamden, CT are not only eco-friendly, but also worry-free, ensuring that you provide your loved ones with a dignified and respectful funeral without tackling too many hassles.