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TEXAS : Green burials planned for state parks

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KXAN News
Austin TX
27 Nov 2012

Texas moving toward pilot project for the dead

Coffins and tombstones are not for everyone. Just ask the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department [TPWD]. It is now working toward a pilot project to bury the dead in state parks.

"I have never liked the idea of being pumped full of formaldehyde and stuffed in a plastic box,” said Ted Hollingsworth, director of land conservation at TPWD. “I never have, so I could see being a participant at some point."

Hollingsworth said the agency began a trial agreement with the Green Burial Council in 2009 to become the first state government in the nation to be involved in such a partnership. That agreement has since expired, but the two groups remain in talks for the future.

Read the full article and see video (2:15) at KXAN News

 

The Grim Reader

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More people choose 'green' funerals

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Minnesota Public Radio
October 24, 2012

As environmental consciousness has grown in the country..., traditional funerals are becoming less common. More people, particularly baby boomers, are looking toward natural burial practices and foregoing rituals like embalming and caskets buried in concrete vaults.

Read the full article at Minnesota Public Radio

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Home vigil honors a mother's last wish

 

Home vigil honors a mother's last wish

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Minnesota Public Radio
October 24, 2012

Like a growing number of baby boomers in Minnesota, Anne rejected traditional rituals like embalming and a mortuary service in favor of a more personalized experience: the home vigil.

Anne left detailed instructions for her family to follow after her death.

"They'll wash my body and prepare it," Anne told her daughter Georgia. "Then they'll pack all this dry ice around my body. And I want to stay at the house for three days. And during these three days, I never want to be alone."

Read the full article and see video (3:42) at Minnesota Public Radio

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 17:19 )
 

Couple looks to operate funeral pyre in Elephant Head (AZ)

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Green Valley News and Sun
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

An Elephant Head couple have built a funeral pyre on their property so that families can bid farewell to loved ones during an outdoor cremation in a scenic rural setting.

But Tina and Billy Hurley’s pyre, which resembles a block fireplace, faces an uphill battle before the first ceremony ever takes place.

The pyre on their five-acre property at the end of a road is surrounded by benches in a rustic amphitheater facing the Santa Rita Mountains. Tina Hurley said she recently hosted an open house for about 50 neighbors, an event that included a test-burning of an effigy in the pyre.

Some at the open house weren’t sure what to think, she said, while others wept and said they found the event “so beautiful, so moving.”

Read the full article in the Green Valley News and Sun

Thanks to The Good Funeral Guide Blog for alerting us to this article.

 


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