EARTH FRIENDLY BURIALS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
In this fragile time of
‘climate emergency’ many people are starting to wake up to the numerous
ways we humans perpetuate and contribute
to the abuse of the
earth. You may have found some kinder alternatives to some of
these deeply engrained habits such as composting,
using less plastic,
carpooling, supporting local businesses with sustainable ethics, but
have you ever thought about how you can express
that same respect for
the earth at the time of your death? Unless you have a clear plan
for how you wish your body to be disposed of at death,
your last act on
this earth may be the most un-environmental act of your life.
In North America, more than 1.6 million tons of concrete and more than
1 million litres of embalming fluid are used every year to dispose of
In Canada alone there are 56,000 board feet of tropical
hardwood used in every acre of cemetery space.
You could drive
more than 800kms on the energy used to cremate one person!
There is a
lot of steel, wood, cement and fuel needed to accommodate the over 3.5
million deaths in North America each and every year.
As advocates for reclaiming community-centred deathcaring, which
encourages families to become more engaged in all the aspects of dying
and after-death care, we (Community Deathcare Québec) advocate for a
new ethic for a new era and green burial is an important catalyst.
(more statistics: https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/media_packet.html)
GREEN DEATHCARE MOVEMENT
WHAT IS GREEN OR NATURAL BURIAL?
GREEN BURIAL IS A CONTINUUM
History of Embalming
Myths about Embalming
Truths about Embalming
ISN'T CREMATION GREEN?
AQUAMATION -- A GREENER ALTERNATIVE TO CREMATION?
LAWS & LOGISTICS
EDUCATE YOURSELF, MAKE A PLAN