Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?

Funerals of the Future: Space Burials, Greener Cremations, and… Human Composting?
Nothing is impervious to change, including the way we bury and memorialize the dead. Factors such as our society’s increasing emphasis on sustainability and the rise of the digital age have led to significant changes in funerals, burials, and cremations. Here are some recent developments that could shape the trends ...
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Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies

Washington passes bill to become first state to compost human bodies
By Ben Guarino; April 26, 2019 for the Washington Post It may soon be legal for the dead to push daisies, or any other flower, in backyard gardens across Washington state. The state legislature recently passed a bill that, if signed by the governor, allows human bodies to be composted — and ...
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4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech

4 Emerging Examples of Environmentally-Friendly Burial Tech
A traditional burial isn’t for everyone, and an increasing number of people are having concerns about the lasting environmental impact of their remains.  Driven by these sentiments, the emerging use of eco-friendly – or green – burial technology has been a growing topic of interest in recent years.  These relatively ...
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The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water

The Fight for the Right to Be Cremated by Water
By Emily Atkin | June 14, 2018 for The New Republic "Aquamation," a greener form of body disposal, is gaining acceptance in America. But some powerful groups are fighting to stop it. Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. His body was embalmed, put in a metal casket, and laid ...
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A New Way to Dispose of Corpses - With Chemistry!

A New Way to Dispose of Corpses - With Chemistry!
Alkaline hydrolysis is a clean, green method for dissolving a body into its chemical building blocks; the runny remains just wash down the drain. BY HAYLEY CAMPBELL for WIRED THE RESOMATOR STANDS monolithic in the corner of a room on the ground floor of a building at UCLA. It’s as sterile as a ...
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Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know

Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know
By SONYA VATOMSKY for NY TIMES | MARCH 22, 2018 A typical American funeral usually involves a few hallmarks we’ve come to expect: an expensive coffin, lots of flowers, an embalming for the deceased and a number of other add-ons. But how necessary are those embellishments? Enter the “green burial.” The ...
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Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly

Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly
Liquifying a body is cleaner and greener than traditional burials and cremation. By Robin Scher / AlterNet January 25, 2018, 8:30 PM GMT There are many ways to embark on the journey to the great beyond. One popular custom is the coffin burial. Or rather it was, until cemeteries began running out of ground space. And conventional burials ...
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Know Your Options: Cremation

Know Your Options: Cremation
Cremation is quickly becoming one of the most popular funeral options with a national average topping 50% of Americans choosing cremation over burial. It has grown in popularity so much it is now recognized by the vatican as an acceptable means of final disposition. And while the process of cremation is ...
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Everything You Need to Know about Direct Cremation

Everything You Need to Know about Direct Cremation
Whether you are tight on funds, like the simplicity of cremation, or are environmentally conscious, you may choose a direct cremation. By law, every funeral home and cremation provider must offer a Direct Cremation package as a "minimal service." What is Direct Cremation? Direct Cremation is the cremation of a body ...
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Alternatives to Embalming

Alternatives to Embalming
Embalming is not the only means of temporarily preserving a body prior to burial or cremation. In fact, the United States and Canada are the only countries in which embalming is still considered common practice, with countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia having banned it years ago. If you are seeking ...
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