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TOPIC: Green Burial

Green Burial 30 Apr 2008 12:47 #26

  • Rhyli
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I want to start a Natural Burial Space in California. Where do I begin the process. I have investors and "future clients".
What is the ideal minimum acreage- is there a people per acre formula, etc..?
I understand one must have 6 bodies to start a cemetery in Cal. Does that mean six dead at the same time or six committed to my space?
Any information will be helpful.
Thanks
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Re:Green Burial 08 May 2008 14:07 #42

  • TellurideJo
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Have you contacted the Green Burial Council? They can help with the land trust. I've heard the CA gov won't allow green cemeteries because of fear of animals digging up the deceased.
Also try starting at NaturalBurial.coop. They deal with all the legal issues.

Good luck!

Jo
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Re:Green Burial 24 Sep 2008 06:15 #129

  • Funeral Helper
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Green living, once relegated to the fringes of society, has become a mainstream effort to preserve the environment by including eco-friendly practices in virtually every aspect of life. It makes sense then that there is a movement being made to ensure that a proponent of green living can also choose to leave the earth in an environmentally responsible way. As a result, Green funerals and burials are gaining in popularity.

The main environmental drawback of a traditional funeral is the use of embalming fluid to preserve the body. The harmful chemicals in the fluid eventually find their way out of the buried coffin and into the soil where they can act as contaminants. Green burials eschew the use of embalming fluids in the funereal process. Conventional caskets are also eliminated in an eco-friendly burial. Biodegradable coffins made from natural fibers or eco-friendly materials like bamboo are becoming more readily available as Green burials gain in popularity.
I used a site called www.funeralhelp.com and added in the comment section that I would like to pre-arrange my Green funeral and they put me in contact with a local funeral director who was excellent, and I saved alot of money.
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Re:Green Burial 11 Dec 2008 12:19 #165

  • northstar73
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The main environmental drawback of a traditional funeral is the use of embalming fluid to preserve the body. The harmful chemicals in the fluid eventually find their way out of the buried coffin and into the soil where they can act as contaminants.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out about the statement above, and it is simply incorrect. Formaldehyde is only one molecule away from water (water is H2O and formaldehyde is CH2O) and in nature, naturally biodegrades quite easily. It is found in everything from manufacturing to cigarettes to being produced in nature by humic matter in water being exposed to sunlight. The reduction of formaldehyde to the environment through removing it from embalming would be almost imperceptible. For more information on this, please feel free to consult the facts at:
www.inchem.org/documents/cicads/cicads/cicad40.htm
and
www.ewg.org/tapwater/contaminants/contam....php?contamcode=2961

The PRIMARY reason embalming is done is for the sanitation of the body. Once a person dies, they immediately begin the decomposition process (and thanks to modern medical techniques, some even start to decompose before death). Embalming slows down the decomposition and sanitizes the remains enough so that the body may be viewed by anyone and for a longer period of time after death than if embalming was not done.

Contrast this to the PRIMARY reason people select green burials. The primary reason people select green burials is perceived cost and simplicity. If it were truly about the environment, people could have a much higher eco-friendly impact by changing their driving habits, conserving energy, and recycling as they should. Green burials are an excellent alternative to the traditional funeral in terms of cost and simplicity, and yes can be more environmentally friendly than burying a casket inside a vault at a cemetery. However, let us return to the main reason green burials are popular...cost and simplicity. If this type of service meets your needs, great. If you really want to change the environment though, focus on other things, as the environmental impact of a green burial is almost non-existant compared to our everyday activities.

Interestingly enough, that is the last comment Funeral Helper makes in their post.... "and I saved a lot of money."

Now, for some quick trivia, if everyone in the United States per the last census died today and were buried in one cemetery, how big would the cemetery be? :huh: (Gives time for people to think) .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. The cemetery would fit INSIDE the state of Rhode Island. Cemeteries and subsequent burials account for very little of the land useage of our great country.
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Re:Green Burial 27 May 2009 18:12 #213

  • bradpiit
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I am very pleased with the thought and don’t feel like adding anything in it. It’s a perfect answer



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Re:Green Burial 06 Jul 2009 20:55 #257

  • christopherderek80
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Please contact the state government and hire the lawyer for the same. They will provide you better information on this. Because normally for law will be little change according to state government rules.
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