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What is a Green Burial? March 25, 2020

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Throughout history, funerals have changed with the needs and wishes of the families. Once held in homes, they were eventually moved to funeral homes. Cremations were once chosen by few, while today they account for over half of all final services. We have also seen the change from somber, dark final services to those who are embracing Celebrations of Life.

Another aspect of modern life is impacting funerals. More and more families wish to be environmentally responsible when planning final services. This has led to an increase in “Green Burials”. Green burials minimize the negative impact a traditional burial can have on the environment, and involve several aspects of a burial. It is also appealing to those who live life with a more minimalist attitude toward life and the use of resources.

If you have even a mild passion for being eco-friendly, recycling, and being conscious about your energy use, a green burial may be right for you. How do you know if a green burial is right for you? What is a green burial and what’s involved?

A green burial generally has “back to nature” aspects that surround it. A green burial will forego embalming and will not use concrete vaults or burial containers that aren’t biodegradable. Since many consider cremation a much more environmentally-friendly approach, many will choose it as opposed to a traditional burial. Some will choose an organic burial container or forego a container altogether.

Some, with families who may be widespread, may even make the decision to stream final services to limit travel.

Today, many cemeteries are entirely green or have green areas designated for such burials.

If you are interested in learning more about a green burial or would like to ensure environmental aspects for your pre-planned funeral, we invite you to contact us.

How do you want natural and financial resources used upon your death? Our professionals can help you make decisions to meet your wishes. Contact us and learn why generations of families in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area have chosen Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory for caring, quality and respectful final services.

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