Answering Questions About Planning Green Funerals

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Green funeral services serving Tacoma have become increasingly popular, as more and more people are concerned about their carbon footprints. A green funeral service is an important and thoughtful way to celebrate the life of the deceased and a return to earth. When you arrange a funeral, it is important to work with a funeral home where you feel comfortable. To learn more about funeral planning for green funerals, read on for answers to some frequently asked questions.

What Is a Green Funeral?
When you arrange green funeral services or take part in funeral pre-planning, you can customize different aspects of the process to be environmentally friendly. Green funeral services may use a funeral home whose operations are entirely green. However, a green funeral may also just refer to an individual’s preference to address environmental concerns. For example, a green funeral may discourage guests from driving to cemeteries in order to decrease the service’s environmental impact.

What Is a Green Burial?
A green burial involves burying the body in a natural setting at a burial plot. Some people prefer to be embalmed, while others opt to use no chemicals at all. A green burial takes place at a cemetery and generally involves a casket that is biodegradable and nontoxic. With this kind of burial, flat rocks or plants may replace the traditional cemetery headstone.

What is a Green Cemetery?
A green cemetery does not generally permit vaults, non-biodegradable caskets, or the use of embalming chemicals. However, many green cemeteries have special sections cordoned off that are purely green, while other sections still allow for traditional burial plots. Additionally, most green cemeteries do not use herbicides or pesticides to maintain the property’s natural beauty.

Mountain View Funeral Home is pleased to offer green funeral services for all Tacoma-area residents. Whether you are planning a funeral for a departed loved one or pre-planning services, our experienced and compassionate staff is here to guide you through the entire process. Find out more about our services, including grief support services, by calling us at (253) 584-0252.

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