‘Natural burial is a term used to describe the burial of human remains where the burial area creates habitat for wildlife or preserves existing habitat, which are rich in flora and fauna. Where a funeral precedes such burial, it would seek to minimise environmental impact by prohibiting traditional embalming methods and, where a coffin is used, ensuring that this be made of natural, biodegradable materials.’
A Guide to Natural Burial, Ken West MBE 2010
The essence of a green funeral is an age-old elemental simplicity. It rejects the so-called traditional funeral in favour of an outdoorsy, homespun, back-to-nature look. It prefers an unspoilt landscape to that of a regimented conventional cemetery. If it’s a look you like, natural burial is as lovely as it gets.
Some of the more important elements of a green funeral are these:
It is not the grave that commemorates the life lived, it is the entire site.
Some burial grounds will let you mark the grave with a temporary marker, usually a wooden one. Others will let you mark the grave with a small, simply worded stone marker laid flat and some will allow nothing at all or supply you with the Gps coordinates of the plot.
If you are considering natural burial, you need to think very hard about this. Many people find it very difficult to lose sight of exactly where a person is buried.
You can green your funeral with one of a variety of ethically sourced coffins which are just as attractive to people who simply like the look of them. Have a look at our coffin range which includes the required Wicker coffin.
For a comprehensive list of available cemeteries, please contact us directly.
* Published with the kind permission of the Good Funeral Guide, UK 2020