Burial, cremation or liquefied dead bodies?

Just before Christmas, 2017, the Daily Mirror produced an article which suggested that Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council were going to be the first to introduce water cremations. This involves liquefying dead bodies and effectively, flushing them down the drain. In reality, the process will almost certainly be more user-friendly and treated with respect. The £300,000 machine will turn your loved one into a brown liquid and soft bone mixture in under 3 hours. There are claims that this system is more environmentally friendly than a traditional cremation, using flames and sending unfriendly material into the atmosphere. The makers of the machine claim that the organic liquid can be sent down the drains as it is sterile and without any trace of DNA. They claim that 330 gallons of fluid will be processed during this water cremation method. Without permits in place and a full investigation, this does not sound as though it is environmentally friendly, but no doubt guidance will follow. How will the British public cope with this option? Should it become an accepted process, is yet to be seen? With a burial, the family and friends have a place to return to. With a traditional cremation, the ashes can be scattered and family members may visit the location whenever they choose. With a liquid cremation, where do you go to contact your deceased? Would you allow a close friend or relation of yours to be emptied into the water network? The picture is: By Juan St. Sumampouw – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,...

Read More

How to Prevent Your Funeral from Becoming a Commercial Event

When your coffee morning discussions are all about the environment and wondering about eco-coffins, green funerals and burials in dedicated woodlands, you may need to consider spending some time over at the Natural Death website. You will be able to find out about the majority of subjects that are close to your heart where you prefer to avoid the commercialisation and high expense of the standard funeral. You will find out how you can choose a natural burial ground and there are a high number of articles offering guidance and support for people planning a funeral, which may be your own or for someone close to you. Hopefully, the myths will be dispelled and you will receive specific information that is accurate because it comes from experts who have been helping to arrange funerals for a number of years. Knowing where the best woodland burial sites are is just one part of your potential evaluation, because you need to know what questions you should ask about the burial site, to ensure that your needs are met. There are a wide range of eco-coffins available in the UK, and this website will direct you to a range of possibilities made from willow or cardboard and also solid wood, from correctly maintained forests. Part of your best planning will come from pre-paying for your funeral in advance so that you have a Pre-Paid Funeral Plan in place for when the time comes, to give you and your family peace of mind that everything is organised and paid for. Related articles Grieving families face £1,000 ‘death tax’ as councils cash in on...

Read More

How To LocateYour Natural Burial Grave

Where you have chosen a natural burial ground, you will almost certainly not be allowed to mark the area where the grave is or tend to the area. Within the terms of the agreement you will not be able to place a permanent or temporary headstone. This is because you are entering into the spirit of a natural burial. The law will require that the actual position of the grave is recorded accurately and in modern times you will be able to find its exact position by using the GPS on your mobile phone, perhaps by using a microchip that is buried along with the body or using old-fashioned methods, like a tape measure. However, from the day you purchased your prepaid funeral plan where you planned your funeral in advance, you may find some natural burial grounds that might allow you to use a temporary marker; preferably, one made of wood so that all of nature is preserved. It is important to remember that the whole location stands as a burial ground and while individuals are buried there, it is the whole site that is the memorial to the...

Read More