How Much Do You Know About ‘Green Burials’?

Posted on June 16, 2020 by Crystal Van Orsdel under Funeral Planning
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Learn more about the rising trend of eco-friendly burial practices

‘Green burial’ has become a catch-all term to describe alternative burial practices designed to reduce the negative environmental impact of more traditional burials. This includes forgoing embalming, skipping concrete vaults, rethinking burial containers, and maintaining and protecting natural habitats – all while commemorating your loved one in dignity and peace.

Natural burials are becoming more and more popular in today’s environmentally conscious society. There are many options for memorializing your loved one’s legacy in ways that are eco-friendly and help to preserve the environment.

In fact, green burial practices can limit waste, reduce your carbon footprint, and even nourish the local ecosystem. Van Orsdel is proud to offer several options for environmentally sustainable, natural death care.

Green Burials
Our funeral home is one of the few funeral homes in Miami, Florida, prepared to provide a true Green Burial. This means that no chemicals are used to prepare your loved one for internment at the closest Natural Green Burial Grounds – the Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery.

Biotree Urn
Another option is our Biotree Urn, made from a blend of bamboo fibers and other biodegradable materials. When placed in the ground, this sophisticated, contemporary urn gives rise to a beautiful new tree. Commemorate your loved one’s life by creating a new life that you can care for and appreciate for years to come.

Eternal Reefs
Eternal Reefs are another interesting option for eco-friendly burial. This practice allows families to honor their loved ones by creating an Everlasting Memorial in the ocean. Cremated remains are mixed with a material designed to mimic and replicate a natural reef. It’s then placed in the ocean to help revitalize and restore the ecosystem.

One more reason to consider a Green Burial
The median cost of a funeral can be upwards of $8,500, but without embalming, an expensive casket, burial plot, and more, green burials tend to be more affordable. If you’re an eco-conscious person, it’s a good way to reduce the impact on both your budget and the environment.

If a green burial sounds appealing to you or a loved one, contact Van Orsdel today to discuss your options for personalizing, pre-planning, financing, and more.

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