When thinking about funeral plans and even funeral financing, there are a variety of options. Do you want to be buried? Cremated? Have your ashes spread over a favorite spot? There’s a lot to consider. Increasingly, you have one more option to consider: is a green funeral right for you or your family?
Few people consider the impact burials and cremations can potentially have on the environment. Clearly, burials take up space in the land, but also the process of embalming can has repercussions. The fluid often contains formaldehyde, which has been known to cause health problems and even cancer in funeral home directors who deal with the fluid, according to the National Cancer Institute.
While cremation doesn’t involve embalming and returns the body to the land, so to speak, the process of cremation does require burning fossil fuels which creates carbon emissions and pollution. Additionally, mercury found in dental amalgam fillings is emitted as a gas when a cremation facility lacks up-to-date and effective filtration devices.
Because of this, many people are turning to green funerals.
A green funeral utilizes neither embalming fluid nor cremation. The body is simply placed in a biodegradable coffin or shroud, allowing for natural decomposition to take place, literally returning the body to the earth.
When it comes to funeral costs, green funerals can be significantly less than traditional burials and cremation, although there might be still costs like securing a plot.
Alternately, “green cremation” methods are also emerging: instead of fire, a high-pressure combination of water and lye is used to break-down the remains. Families are returned the resulting powdered bone, while the remaining non-toxic liquid (as well as any dental or medical devices) are disposed of by the funeral home.
Funeral Help supports families seeking all sorts of funeral arrangements (green or traditional) and works with funeral homes by providing affordable credit of up to $10,000. If you’re interested in a funeral payment plan for a green funeral, Funeral Help can help secure the money you need, and instantly fund your expenses with the funeral home you want to work with. If you’re worried about your credit score, you might still qualify. Funeral Help provides fixed-rate loans to cover funeral expenses, with no sign-up fees or prepayment expenses.
For more information on how Funeral Help can help you with financing a funeral, visit our home page or give us a call at (844) 311-7772.