Why Choose Green Burial?
There are many compelling reasons why you might choose Green Burial: It’s better for the environment; It’s more affordable; It’s simple and beautiful. But most important, in our opinion, is the connection that it builds with family and friends, with nature, and with the cycle of life and death.
Connection: Family & Friends
“I didn’t know burial could be like this.”
Every time we have a burial – and this is not an exaggeration – at least one person remarks how beautiful or special they felt the experience was. Burial at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is different because family and friends can be participants versus observers. During the burial, loved ones are invited to help lower the body into the grave, place flowers in the grave, and to help cover the grave. These simple acts of love can help with with closure and grieving as family and friends assist in the burial process.
Connection: Earth & Nature
During burials, what you hear and what you see is nature. This experience can be profound. “Ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust” are felt and experienced as a part of green burial. Without embalming fluid, entombed in a biodegradable container, we put our loved ones back into the earth where they become a part of the land.
Connection: Life & Death Cycle
It is unfortunate that something as natural and inevitable as death has become a taboo in our culture; Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about or even thinking about death. Part of what makes green burial so special is how it embraces death as a natural part of life and connects us to the living and dying process. Participating in the burial process can help change the way we relate to death from something frightening to something sacred and beautiful.
Facts & Figures
Connection is what’s at the heart of green burial, but lower costs and lower impact to the environment are other great reasons to choose green burial. Here are some good articles that get into the facts and figures:
- A Natural Option: Conservation Burial
- Green Burials Are Forcing the Funeral Industry to Rethink Death
- The Case for Green Burial