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Is a Green Burial Right for You?

April 20, 2009 | | Comments 0

njAs a society, we have grown accustomed to seeing all the traditional sites that go along with a funeral. Processions of funeral cars, steel caskets and other things have become commonplace when a loved one passes away. But today’s customary funeral is fading fast and it is being replaced by burials of several decades ago.

“What people have to get their minds wrapped around is, this is really traditional burial, and it’s how most of humanity has cared for its dead for thousands of years,” said Joe Sehee, the founder and director of the Green Burial Council. “There was never a death industry until 100 years ago, and many of us are trying to de-industrialize it at this point with green burial.” He went on to say that today’s “death industry” is based on a “skewed business model.”

For now, funeral cars and other modern conveniences are common during a service. As things change and become more eco-friendly, however, funeral cars and hearses may become more fuel-efficient and other considerations may be made to reduce one’s carbon footprint upon death. Are you thinking of a “greener” burial when you die or are you going to have a modern funeral like the ones we have come to know today?

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