ARRANGING A FUNERAL
Woodland burial grounds are becoming a more popular and natural alternative to conventional burial and cremation options.
Additionally, a woodland burial appeals to the friends and family. The idea of laying a loved one to rest amongst nature, surrounded by trees, flowers and wildlife is becoming increasingly popular.
What is a woodland burial?
A woodland burial, also referred to as a green burial or natural burial, is an eco-friendly alternative to a traditional funeral or cremation. They usually occur in rural locations such as wooded areas, forests or meadows – not traditional cemeteries – and offer a picturesque final resting place for your loved one.
Unlike a traditional funeral, woodland burials consider the environmental impacts of laying someone to rest in the ground and focus on making a small or non-existent carbon footprint.
What is considered a green burial or eco funeral?
Nowadays, as people think more about their lasting impact on the environment, a commonly asked question is: what is the most environmentally friendly funeral?
There are many factors that make a green funeral or eco-friendly burial, these include:
Biodegradable or eco coffin – these are made from materials that have minimal environmental impacts
No headstone or permanent memorial – this is to keep the site as natural as possible, with the exception of approved tree planting.
Burial over cremation
- Cremation requires a lot of fuel and produces high levels of CO2
- The body is not usually embalmed – this process of preserving a body requires chemicals that are not environmentally friendly when left in the ground
- Minimal vehicles for funeral attendees – cars have a negative impact on the environment, so try and carpool where possible to reduce your carbon footprint
What happens at a woodland burial?
Unlike a traditional funeral, woodland burials are considered more flexible. They don’t follow a conventional agenda, nor do they require hymns or religious readings – unless you wish. With a natural burial, there are no expectations, giving you the freedom to carry out the ceremony according to your friend or family member’s wishes.
Flowers are normally removed a week or so after burial – the intention of a woodland burial is that, over time, no external markers of the final resting place will remain.
We are here to help
If your unsure, we’ll be happy to run through the various options. For more information and advice please contact us.