Natural Burial Melbourne
What does it mean to have a Green Funeral?
A green funeral or eco friendly funeral is any funeral that has been designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible. This means natural or biodegradable coffins, natural burial grounds and natural forms of reducing the impact on air quality during the funeral.
Many burial processes involve preparing the body using chemicals, clothing it in non-biodegradable materials, and burying it in a coffin that has been treated to reduce rot. With the addition of a ceremony in a cemetery or burial ground, this makes for a nice event, but doesn’t take into account environmental impact. By changing each part to be a bit more environmentally conscious, you can have an equally memorable funeral without the damage to soil, plants and wildlife.
For many people, a green funeral is a great way to save the natural environment that has been an important part of their life, and leave the world with minimal impact. By having a natural burial, you can leave behind a legacy, and be remembered in a different way.
How Does a Natural Burial Help the Environment?
Natural burials involve no toxic chemicals and don’t require land to be cleared or for trees to be chopped down to happen. Instead, natural burial sites are created in areas that would normally be natural wildlife habitats.
The natural earth will break down the body as it is naturally meant to do, and plant life will grow again over the resting place. No concrete vaults or metal caskets are used in natural burials, so there’s no risk of chemicals being released into the environment. And there are no ongoing maintenance costs, such as water waste, pesticides or fertilisers.
It’s a completely green way to go.
How to Have a Natural Burial
Using a biodegradable coffin
While a tad morbid, another option is to have your body naturally composted before burial. This can take up to a year and requires natural materials to be buried with your body – namely straw, natural fabric, or even just wood chips. Being buried with seeds, or even mushrooms, to propel their growth is becoming a popular option for many natural burials.