Important Facts to Know about Green Burials

By: Danny Amoruccio
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Although many people want to adhere to tradition while organizing funeral ceremonies, some families diverge from the norm. Certain individuals like pre-planning their funerals to ensure that it goes according to plan, while others want green burials. This term continues to appear in several settings. Nevertheless, at Willowbrook Cemetery, we have noticed that a vast majority of the people are unclear of its significance.

What Is a Green Burial?

People have slowly started becoming more aware of their environment and actively pursuing ways to reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, people modify their lifestyles by selecting energy-efficient construction materials and equipment and various water-efficient gardening techniques.

This trend has also reached the funeral services business. Since traditional funerals use wood, concrete, and formaldehyde, they can harm the environment. The following examples illustrate how green burials differ:

  • The deceased is not embalmed in a green burial, which means that no embalming fluids are used.
  • The mortal remains are interred in a biodegradable container.
  • There is neither a concrete vault nor a grave liner.
  • There is no gravestone for the deceased. If a family chooses one, they plant a tree or incorporate a natural stone feature.
  • The area is handled in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • At cemeteries that provide green burial services, several native plants and trees are planted.
  • The plants are cultivated and kept organically.
  • On the grounds, drought-resistant plants and water-efficient irrigation methods are utilized.
  • The cemetery contains energy-efficient lighting systems.

Green burials are distinctive in several ways. You can confer with your family and determine whether this is a viable alternative for your loved one. Feel free to contact us if you want further information on cremation rates. We at Willowbrook Cemetery can also help you pick the ideal final resting place for the departed soul at our serene cemetery.

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