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Book Review – The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician

Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician

Book review summary: The Green Reaper is the charming story of a modern funeral director as she wrestles with life, love, loss, and the contemporary funeral industry.

Gently weaving the childhood trauma of her mother’s death together with a growing interest in helping others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the author provides an insightful look into both corporate funeral home chains and the small-town alternatives. Among these alternatives is the increasingly popular “green burial” movement: eco-friendly and home-based funerals that are simple, natural, and personal. Continue reading Book Review – The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician

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How to wrap a body in a burial shroud for natural burial

How to Shroud A Body

How do I wrap a body in a burial shroud to bury in the ground?

Shrouds & Natural Burial

Many families have discovered new (yet old!) ways to honor their loved ones in how the body is buried. In making the decision of whether to bury or cremate, many factors are taken into consideration. One of the final disposition options that is becoming more widespread in recent years is shrouding. Continue reading How to wrap a body in a burial shroud for natural burial

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Embalming Alternatives That Avoid Formaldehyde

Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is still a very common and popular option provided by funeral homes and morticians. But the standard embalming practice uses formaldehyde, which has many downsides and we think it’s on the way out. Here we take a look at embalming alternatives that avoid formaldehyde. Continue reading Embalming Alternatives That Avoid Formaldehyde

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5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

Planting a tree to honor the memory of a loved one – family member, friend, pet – is a beautiful tribute with significant and life-affirming symbolism.

We’re always on the lookout for creative and unique “living memorials” and eco-friendly funeral and memorial options (see here, here, herehere, and here for a few examples), so we’ve had a chance to gather plenty of ideas. Check out these 5 ways you can plant a tree in memory of a loved one.  Continue reading 5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

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Biodegradable Cremation Urns for Water Burial

Eco-friendly cremation urns

Environmental concerns are consistently growing in importance to families making their final arrangements. According to one survey by AARP,

Slightly over one-fifth of respondents (21%) report that they would be interested in a burial that is more environmentally friendly than a traditional burial with embalming.

This is where biodegradable cremation urns can be of great value. Continue reading Biodegradable Cremation Urns for Water Burial

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Memorial Trees: 15 Varieties

Memorial Trees: 15 Varieties

Memorial trees are beautiful living monuments to the life of a departed loved one. There are many ways you can plant a tree in honor of a loved one. The physicality of digging, planting, watering, and tending a small tree, and watching it grow into full and vibrant life, can be very therapeutic and helpful in the grieving process. You can choose their favorite tree, or a tree that reminds you of them in a special way, and get a seed, seedling, or sapling from your local garden center. If the particular species is unavailable in your area, try Sheffield’s Seed Company or use a search engine.

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Biodegradable Shell Urn

Biodegradable Funeral Urns

New to our online cremation urn store, the Biodegradable Shell Urn is ideal for an environmentally conscious water burial of cremated remains. Handcrafted in the USA by a Washington-based ceramic urn artist, the Shell Urn is the first in a new line of naturally water-soluble scattering urns made from Grolleg paper clay.

Biodegradable Funeral Urns

Grolleg clay is a “green” mixture of plant materials and naturalplant fibers, which help bind the clay together and make  Continue reading Biodegradable Shell Urn