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This website is a wonderful resource for information on what home funerals entail, such as guidelines and requirements, as well as connecting you to a home funeral guide or officiant in your state or local region.
A green or natural burial is when burial takes place without embalming, traditional caskets or vaults – the body is usually wrapped in biodegradable shroud, covering or casket and placed directly into the ground for natural decomposition. In this way, our bodies return to the earth without preservatives and become of the earth again.
There are three types of Green Burials – hybrid (a section in a traditional cemetery for green burials), natural (a cemetery dedicated to natural burials only) and conservation (a land trust or preserve that is dedicated to natural burials).
According to the Green Burial Council, burials in the United States alone use about nearly 5 million gallons of embalming fluid, tens of millions of feet of hard wood, millions of tons of concrete and tens of thousands of tons of metals each year. In addition to the cost of these items, they also pose potential environments issues as materials begin to break down, or don’t break down, over time.
Aquamation—also known as alkaline hydrolysis —is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cremation. It’s a gentle, water-based process that changes the remains of our people and our pets to dust/ash, which are then returned to the chosen loved-one. It’s similar to what would happen naturally though much faster and in a controlled setting.
Earth Funeral offers a similar option in parts of southern Arizona. Check the zip codes on their website for services in your area.