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Education & Advocacy

Environmental Legacy: What You Leave Behind

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
7:00 pm8:00 pm

We are delighted to share that we have been invited by the WSU Snohomish County Extension Sustainable Community Stewards to be a part of their fall Sustainability Series! These folks are working hard to offer virtual learning "with a focus on a variety of environmental sustainability education in areas including Waste Reduction, Proper Recycling, Zero Waste Life Hacks, Reducing Food Waste, Reducing Consumption and Plastic Use, plus Composting!" That's a pretty big project to take on, so they are joined in their efforts by Waste Wise Program colleagues at WSU Island County Extension and Sno-Isle Library on this series.

What does this have to do with funeral education, you might ask? Well... Did you know that roughly 80% of Washingtonians choose cremation (vs only 52% nationally)? While the main concern families cite when selecting funeral arrangements is the cost, an increasing number of them express concerns over the environmental impact of their decisions. Many folks are concerned about the interaction of embalming fluid with soil or about the mercury released during a cremation.

Can our final gesture in life be a more environmentally supportive burial? What are the options? A lot of us have the environment on our mind, so it’s only natural to wonder what we can do with our final gesture to respect that planet that gave us so much in life. In this presentation you will learn the legal options that are now available to us outside of the conventional burial and cremation offerings. Washington state has recently approved both human composting and carbon-neutral aquamation (“green cremation”) options! In addition there are even “green burials” (also known as natural burial) opportunities in some areas.

You know our Communications Manager, Beverly Tryk, never misses a chance to talk about environmental legacy! Register for this free webinar and you'll get an overview of what the legal requirements are in WA, what the pros and cons of different funeral choices are, and what the future looks like for deathcare. And remember...there’s no right choice but an informed choice when selecting funeral arrangements!