Is Cremation Considered Green?

Is Cremation Considered Green?
During the last fifty years cremation has become one of the most popular ways to handle a body after death. As of 2018, 53.3% of Americans chose cremation as the final disposition. That’s expected to rise to 75% by 2035. There are many reasons families chose cremation. Environmental-friendliness is often quoted ...
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Alkaline Hydrolysis Laws in Your State

Alkaline Hydrolysis Laws in Your State
Laws on alkaline hydrolysis are changing around the country. In an effort to keep readers with an interest in this subject updated, below you’ll find the most current information on where alkaline hydrolysis (aka green cremation, resomation, bio-cremation, aquamation, flameless cremation, or water cremation) is legal and available as a ...
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A Brief History of Caskets

A Brief History of Caskets
Caskets are a common purchase that many families make when planning a loved one’s burial. So where did caskets originate, and how did they become so popular?  What is a Casket? A casket is an enclosed burial vessel for human remains. While the terms “coffin” and “casket” have sometimes been ...
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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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What’s In Embalming Fluid?

What’s In Embalming Fluid?
Embalming is a common part of funerals throughout the United States today. However, many people don’t realize that embalming is not a requirement in most cases, and it is not widely practiced outside of North America.   The decision to embalm is entirely up to the individual.  For someone planning ...
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Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials

Conserved land offers back-to-nature burials
By Bill Moss for the Hendersonville Lightning Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to bury their loved ones or scatter their ashes, in harmony with nature. On Oct. 2, the sanctuary donated a permanent conservation easement to Conserving Carolina, which assures that this burial ground ...
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8 Steps to Picking A Funeral Home

8 Steps to Picking A Funeral Home
There are nearly 20,000 funeral homes in the US alone, which can make picking the one that perfectly matches your family’s needs difficult. If you’re not careful, you could end up paying thousands for a funeral ceremony that could’ve cost much less elsewhere. But if you thoroughly research all your ...
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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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How to Become a Tree When You Die

How to Become a Tree When You Die
Turning your loved one’s cremated ashes into a tree keeps them alive in nature forever. Planting a tree seed or seedling alongside a family member’s ashes and watching it grow can be one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in your life. But as romantic as the idea seems, is ...
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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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