Leave the World a Better Place
Did you know you can plan a funeral for yourself or a loved one in a way that is kinder to the environment? We have answers to the questions regarding green funerals, green burials, and other options. Whether it is personal values or a desire to be earth-friendly, choosing green burial options is a decision to be made and shared with your family and loved ones.
What is a green funeral?
A green funeral is an end-of-life option where all aspects of burial remain as “natural” as possible. Whether you are dedicated to recycling or a committed environmentalist, reducing the impact on the environment is important to you. There are many options to a “greener” funeral.
Green or Greener?
Many environmentally-conscious families today mix traditional funerals with “greener” funeral options. This can include requesting the use of non-formaldehyde-based products and purchasing natural fiber caskets that are harmless as possible to the environment. It can even include burial in a green or “natural” cemetery.
Is cremation a “greener” option?
Cremation may use less resources than traditional burial options but it certainly has an impact on the environment. There are eco-friendly options for the disposition of cremated remains. Some options include biodegradable urns and scattering urns.
What is a green (or natural) burial?
A green burial supports the earth’s ecosystem. There are no headstones, sculpted markers, mausoleums, or permanent vases. Concrete burial vaults are not allowed. Grave markers, if used, are made of native stone or wood and are flush with the ground. Only nontoxic embalming methods are allowed in a green cemetery.
Pittsburgh is home to Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, Pennsylvania’s first exclusively green cemetery. For more information please visit their website, www.pennforestcemetery.com Our funeral directors will be happy to work with Penn Forest Natural Burial Park to plan an ecologically kind burial.
Is green burial more costly that a traditional service?
Green burial is comparable in cost to a traditional burial. In some cases, it can be less expensive.
How do I know that a particular product is suitable for green burial?
The John F. Slater Funeral Home is a Green Burial Council provider. Our funeral directors have participated in educational training approved by the “GBC” which covers technical, practical, and ethical issues of eco-friendly funeral services. We carry “GBC” approved/rated burial containers and products.
Planning Ahead for a Greener Funeral
No one knows your final wishes better than you. By arranging your funeral services in advance, you can rest assured your wishes will be carried out exactly as you planned. Planning ahead means you can choose the green options you would like to incorporate in your funeral plans.
Our funeral directors share in your concern about the environment. Let us assist you in planning a service that is eco-friendly and matches your personal preferences to leaving a lighter footprint on the environment.