More and more, we (as a culture) are concerned with the impact that we (as individuals) have on the earth. We're trading in SUVs for hybrid cars, eating organic and locally produced foods, and turning off our air conditioning in favor of fans (or at least we're trying to). And so it's only natural that these values for how we live life would carry over into the choices we make for how we want to be in death.
The green burial movement has been active for some time now, and people are interested in green burial and green funerals for a variety of reasons:
- Green funerals and green burials can be a final eco-friendly act, one last effort to lessen our impact on the earth and reduce our carbon footprint.
- Green burial can be seen as the traditional way of being buried—a return to the way people were buried before the industrialization and commercialization of funerals.
- For people observing religious traditions—specifically Jewish funeral traditions or Muslim funeral traditions—green burial can be a way to honor those customs.
Everplans now has a suite of articles and tools to help you learn about green funerals and green burial, and to help you find all the green resources you'll need:
- What is green burial?
- What's a green funeral home?
- What are green burial products?
- All about green caskets
- Green headstones and green grave markers
- What are green cemeteries and natural burial grounds?
- What is a home funeral?
- What is home burial?
- How can I find a green funeral home in my area?
- How can I find a green cemetery or natural burial ground in my area?
- Where can I buy a green casket?
We hope that these new articles and tools will help you learn about green burial and provide you with the resources you need to plan a green burial, if you're so inclined. If you have any feedback, suggestions, or comments, we'd love to hear from you in the section below.