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.
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
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, here, here, 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.
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.
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.