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Many of us feel a deep responsibility to do everything we can to reduce the amount of impact we have on the planet. We recycle our plastic, glass, aluminum and e-waste. Some choose a hybrid vehicle, or to use solar panels to capture energy naturally. And many environmentally-conscious people choose end-of-life options aligned with the choices they made in life.
If you or your loved one wish to have a green funeral – what some people call natural burial, or green burial – to conserve, sustain, and protect our planet, Harrod Brothers Funeral Home can help you to fulfill that intention. Call or email us to learn how we can help you to greatly reduce your, or a loved one’s, carbon footprint.
For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life, natural burial is a spiritually-fulfilling alternative to cremation or conventional burial. You, or your loved one, will be prepared for natural burial without embalming, and will be buried in a biodegradable casket, shroud, or alternative container. Buried directly in the ground, with no outside liner or vault; you, or your loved one, is allowed to return to the earth, and naturally recycled into new life.
Beginning in the 20th century, awareness of the intricacies, and fragile connections within the natural world came into the foreground of American politics and society. In fact, it was our 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt, considered by many to have been the country's first presidential champion of conservation, who got things started by protecting millions of acres of public land in sweeping legislation. In the eight years in office, he created the U.S. Forest Service and established numerous Federal Bird Reservations, National Game Preserves, Forests, and Parks.
His legacy gained strength with the work of naturalists and writers, like John Muir and Rachel Carson continued to make it very clear to us all each of us should do everything possible to protect the Earth. Today, in the second decade of the 21st century, this responsibility continues to motivate many to make deeply personal choices as to how they will live, and die, in ways which are environmentally-sustainable.
The green burial movement began in the United Kingdom in 1993, and has quietly spread into communities around the globe. Today, green burial in the United States is guided by the Green Burial Council, which has set forth the World’s first standards and eco-certification program for burial grounds, funeral homes and burial products.
Choosing a non-traditional path in any phase of life can bring us in conflict with those we care about. This is especially true when making our end-of-life plans. We at Harrod Brothers know that open, heart-driven communication is especially important at times like these. If you or someone you care about wishes to explore green burial options please call us. We are here to advise and support you in this decision.
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Green Burial Council
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