A natural burial(or green burial site ) site is woodland in which the dead are buried, wrapped in a shroud or put in coffins-caskets- of pine, cardboard or some other biodegradable material. The site is dedicated a conservation area. The grave sites bear small markers made with flush stones to the ground. Sometimes a GPS marker is in involved.
Aside from green or natural cemeteries, another popular green alternative is the evolving into artificial ocean reefs. Since 1998, Eternal Reefs(Atlanta) has taken cremated ashes and mixed them with concrete to create reef balls, which weigh between 400 and 4,000 pounds. The balls get placed in special places in the ocean creating artificial reefs. Coral polyps, anemones and underwater creatures attach themselves to these balls over time.
A reef ball memorial starts from $995 according to Eternal Reefs (Atlanta).
Home funerals are another option. Green and home funerals go together. A Funeral at home take us back to before the Civil War when Americans had home funerals handling and burying their Loved Ones. This also enhances the grief recovery process.
In Texas, folks can act as the funeral directors, retrieve a death certificate and have a home funeral with a burial in their backyard if the city,county permits it. Be sure to check with your state and local authorities to pursue this option.
Green and Natural Funerals and Burials are on the way. In almost all cases they are a lower cost funeral.
Be sure to lower your funeral expenses.
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