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How to do your part to help save the earth after you are gone

Submitted by dmcgraw on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 11:37am

Throughout the western hemisphere, we heavily rely on a process called embalming. While embalming itself is not bad, it is the chemical that is used. The chemical used, formaldehyde, is classified as a carcinogen and can get into public water supplies.

There are many other options, less harmful, that are much more earth friendly. For example:

  • You can do something as simple as choosing a less harmful alternative than formaldehyde. In fact, if the body is going to be buried within three days, you do not need embalming at all if the body is kept above 65 degrees. Ask your funeral director for guidance.
  • Become a tree! There are bio-degradable urns that are specially designed to grow a tree using your remains.
  • Become a coral reef for the fish. There are special processes that allow your remains to be integrated into a special concrete substance that is perfect for marine life.
  • Let mushrooms rid you of your toxins and hasten the process of turning you back to the earth.
  • If none of these options sound appealing, you could at minimally get a biodegradable casket.

 So as you can see, there are many ways you can do your part to help save the earth after you’re gone!

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