The funeral service industry has changed so much in the past 100 years.  In fact only about 3% of deceased persons were cremated in 1940 due to the many skeptics surrounding this process, but now it is as high as 68% in Canada.

Since the dawn of natural burial the funeral service industry has evolved to meet new consumer demands.

Read the post on the funeralOne blog, which discusses the changing trends in the funeral service industry including the growing demand for greener means of disposition.  This article is a great resource for funeral establishments whom are considering to offer the additional option of green burial to families and are looking for information on how to practice these more environmentally friendly methods.

Read the article online or click here to download the PDF version of the article.

“When you walk through a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by man, you will see not only abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.

Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this?

Death is not the opposite of life. Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.”

-Eckhart Tolle  (Stillness Speaks ch. 9: Death & the Eternal)

Many people wonder, “what really is the difference between natural and traditional means of disposition?”  Caitlin Doughty host of “Ask a Mortician” and blogger of “Order of the Good Death” discusses the key differences between the two in a lighthearted and a plain as day manner, using, of course, the modern euphemisms of Team Edward vs. Team Jacob.

Advocate for natural burial, Doughty’s website Order of the Good Death hosts a section on natural burial which we welcome you to check out here.

 

PBS News Hour’s Hari Sreenivasan meets with Dr. Billy Campbell to discuss the new documentary which explores natural burial, entitled “Dying Green”. Directed by Ellen Tripler, this film covers a man’s efforts to conserve land through natural burial and follows his dream to conserve one million acres of land.

To learn more about this conversation with Dr. Campbell read the blog post on the PBS website.

As green burial is becoming a more commonly chosen option for disposition at the time of death, many people are wondering, “is it legal?” and “what is legally available to me?” The following link demonstrates current laws set in place in the United States in regards to natural burial and outlines the basic manner in which this environmentally conscious option is legally practiced.  Click here to read the full article or download this news clipping.

Wow. We’re beyond excited that our friends at Mt. Pleasant have opened a new natural burial ground in the beautiful Duffin Meadows Cemetery. With grass, trees and colourful wildflowers, it’s a stunning location. Check out the webpage about Duffin Meadows and the photos below!

“The cemetery, just 15 minutes east of Toronto, serves Ajax, Pickering and the surrounding communities in a natural landscape of valleys, ponds, rolling meadows and mature trees.”

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Asa Goldman and the Natural Burial Association have released a detailed report and survey findings on attitudes towards natural burial. Some of the key findings include it’s popularity with younger people, non-religious people and environmentally-conscious people – but there’s a lot more. The report is also full of insights on the barriers to selecting natural burial, misconceptions about natural burial and more.

Download the PDF report or the PowerPoint presentation.