Green Burial Movement: An Eco-Friendly Way

Ever thought of getting a funeral service for a loved one or for yourself? Plan ahead and consider getting various pre-need plans that are available to cover death benefits as well as necrological services. And besides, arranging everything for one’s demise is not considered a bad thing anyways. People work hard in order to live while they are still living. So, there’s nothing wrong with working hard for their own final resting places as well. In fact, people will all go there but in their own different times and ends. While most people are open to the idea of organizing things for their burial, there are some who want to take a different approach.

FuneralFor those among the baby boomer generation, planning for their burial seems uncommon. Well, not definitely. It’s more of like going back to the basics once more. Upon their death, all they want is to be buried straight into the soil from which they came.

Without embalmment, their bodies will be thrown to the ground like a wrapped burrito in a shroud. Then, grasses and soil will be used to cover these thrown bodies. Some people coined this process as Chipotle burial.

To promote the green movement in the industry, some aim to go back to the basics and choose to stay away from the typical traditional burial methods introduced by funeral companies. As part of life, all people will come back to where they came from – dust and earth. And baby boomers believe that all people should technically and literally go back to this. They know that caskets are cheap but going for green and environmental-friendly burials are much cheaper.

For most people, burial planning is equivalent to availing of funeral packages and reserving mausoleums. For baby boomers, it all about simply turning back to ashes. It’s definitely true, yet it sounds strange for other individuals.

Typically, a green burial involves digging a grave by using one’s bare hands in order to reduce carbon footprint; rocks taken from a river and engraved are used to replace traditional headstones.

This type of practice is allowed and practiced by the Congressional Cemetery of Washington. For them, if there is any casket to be used for an unembalmed body, it should be made out of environment-friendly materials including wickers and pines. According to statistics, about 30 deceased individuals undergo green burials per year in the said cemetery.

Upon coming across the idea of green burials, entrepreneurs running funeral companies also started to offer various creative options in cremating the bodies, like turning the ashes into colored diamonds, growing a planted seed on an urn, pressing ashes to make vinyl records, and even creating glass art or canvas paintings from ashes.

Whatever preparations made for a particular funeral, it cannot be denied that people have a variety of options to choose from with regards to death matters. No matter how solemn or simple, costly or economical, traditional or modernized the preparations may be, what matters is how a person lived his life before entering death’s door.

As what the movie, Final Destination, says, people can never cheat death. Why cheat death when a person could actually prepare everything before this time comes? It’s like fulfilling all the requirements for the final semester before marching to the graduation ceremonies, which in turn will eventually start another chapter in life. In the context of death though, it’s all about making preparations for the afterlife.

It doesn’t mean that it’s really the end. Every goodbye will start new beginnings. Those who left the world of the living are about to finally spend their eternal lives with the Creator.