Advice for Planning a Green Funeral

As people become more aware of the impact they have on the environment, they adopt more eco-friendly habits and traditions. Traditional burial services can exact a great toll on the earth’s resources. A green funeral or green burial can be a loving way to honor both the person who has passed, and the earth on which we live.

Do Your Research

While many funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematoriums are going green, not all offer green burials and eco-friendly cremations. The Green Burial Council works with such organizations to help them develop and implement environmentally friendly burial and cremation practices that adhere to certain standards. A cemetery, funeral home, or crematorium that is certified by the Green Burial Council will have the best practices in place for meeting these eco-friendly requirements.

Consider a Living Marker

Whether you or your loved one has chosen cremation or a green burial, you can further your positive impact on the environment by choosing a living marker as a memorial. A living marker is a non-traditional grave marker or memorial site, such as a tree or public bench, that honors the person who has passed and also benefits the earth or the community.

Understand the Difference Between a Green Burial and Cremation

Cremation is a more eco-friendly option than a traditional burial, in that you are not taking up land or putting a non-biodegradable casket and chemicals into the earth. However, unless a crematorium offers green cremation, the cremation process still causes air pollution. A green burial does not use formaldehyde in their embalming process, and uses biodegradable, non-toxic caskets that have been made out of eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo, cardboard, and jute.

If you’re interested in learning more about green burials in San Mateo, visit us at Skylawn Memorial Park. We are one of the few funeral homes on the West Coast that is certified by the Green Burial Council, and we provide the community with a wide range of culturally diverse funeral, burial, and cremation services. For more information, visit our website or call (650) 445-0953.

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