Here in the Northwest, we are fortunate to live in a region with incredible natural beauty. As a result, many of us also have a heightened concern about the impact of human activities upon the earth. While we may be aware of making eco-friendly choices in our day-to-day lives, many of us aren’t aware of greener options at the end of life.
Every choice has some environmental impact. However, reclaiming the practices of our ancestors may be the most earth-friendly. The Industrial Revolution brought us formaldehyde-based embalming, caskets made of painted steel, precious metals, or hardwoods, concrete burial vaults, and granite cemetery markers. It’s not uncommon for such funerals to cost as much as a new automobile - negatively impacting the environment and a family’s financial resources.
Our cremation or burial arrangements are really the final statement we make on this earth. We encourage you to think about what kind of legacy you want to leave for your loved ones and for future generations.