The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

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New World Library, Apr 15, 2018 - Self-Help - 208 pages
Funeral expenses in the United States average more than $10,000. And every year conventional funerals bury millions of tons of wood, concrete, and metals, as well as millions of gallons of carcinogenic embalming fluid. There is a better way, and Elizabeth Fournier, affectionately dubbed the "Green Reaper"; walks you through it, step-by-step. She provides comprehensive and compassionate guidance, covering everything from green burial planning and home funeral basics to legal guidelines and outside-the-box options, such as burials at sea. Fournier points the way to green burial practices that consider both the environmental well-being of the planet and the economic well-being of loved ones.
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Part 1 What Is Green Burial?
11
Chapter 1 Green Burial the Funeral Industry and the Environment
13
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
27
Part 2 A Guide to Green Burials
41
Green Burials and Home Funerals
43
Chapter 4 Legalities to Consider
55
Getting Help and Hiring Professionals
65
Chapter 9 Conducting a Home Funeral or Green Burial
115
Chapter 10 Cremation
131
Memorials and Mementos
139
Acknowledgments
145
Endnotes
147
Resources
159
Green Burial Grounds in the United States and Canada
163
Index
181

Green Cemeteries and Backyard Burials
73
Handmade Caskets and Shrouds
89
Chapter 8 Green Embalming and Handling the Body
101
About the Author
195
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About the author (2018)

Elizabeth Fournier is the owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, the first green funeral home in the Portland metropolitan area. She is a member of the international board of directors for North America Natural Burial and the advisory board for the Green Burial Council, the environmental certification organization setting the standards for green burial in North America.

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