Friday, November 7, 2008

Greener Than the Jones'

This one wins. And, it gives new meaning to the phrase "out to pasture."

My husband tells me he wants a green funeral. "You mean cremated?"
"No," he says. "That is horrible for the environment. I want a 'real' green funeral."
He proceeds to tell me about this new green trend for funerals, where you are not embalmed, not even put in a box. In fact, apparently, you are put into the ground on government land, which insures that the land remains sacred and untouched.

Actually, I did a little research and found that there are coffin options. (OK, this is getting a little too morbid, even for me.) The prices from a place called Ecopod range from around $100 for a basic cardboard box (probably what I would choose - come on now) to $3,000 plus for a custom-made hand-painted job. These are 100% environmentally friendly.

There is tons of information out there on the Internet, if you dare, but a good place to start is the Green Burial Council or the Centre for Natural Burial. Better to know sooner than later, eh?


Anonymous said...

Another good site for discussion of environmentally friendly burial is the Grave Matters blog by Mark Harris.

Livinia Redlips said...

In Sweden there is a movement to 'freeze dry' and then 'chipper' you after you die...and use the bits as mulch - for a GREEN green 'burial'. Kind o interesting.

The book Stiff mentions it (a good read).