Saying Goodbye Sustainably: How a Green Home Funeral Plan Can Benefit You and the Planet

Sep 01, 2023


Saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but it can be made more difficult when considering the environmental impact of traditional funeral practices. From embalming fluids to non-biodegradable caskets, the funeral industry is responsible for a significant amount of waste and pollution. However, there is an alternative that not only benefits the planet but also provides a meaningful and personalized farewell for your loved one - a green home funeral plan.

What is a Green Home Funeral Plan?

A green home funeral plan involves caring for your loved one's body at home after they have passed away. This includes washing and dressing the body, laying it in a biodegradable casket or shroud, and holding a ceremony in your own home or backyard. This approach allows you to avoid many of the harmful chemicals and materials used in traditional funeral practices while also providing an intimate and personal experience for family and friends.

Benefits of a Green Home Funeral Plan

Environmental Sustainability

One of the most significant benefits of a green home funeral plan is its positive impact on the environment. Traditional funerals are known to be wasteful, with embalming fluids, non-biodegradable caskets, and concrete burial vaults all contributing to pollution and resource depletion. By choosing a green home funeral plan, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint while still honoring your loved one's memory.


Another benefit of a green home funeral plan is its flexibility in terms of personalization. Unlike traditional funerals that often follow set procedures and timelines, you have complete control over every aspect of the ceremony. This means you can incorporate unique elements that reflect your loved one's personality or cultural traditions.


Traditional funerals can be expensive, with costs ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands depending on various factors such as location, services provided, and type of burial or cremation. In contrast, green home funerals are typically much more affordable due to their simplicity and lack of commercial involvement.

How to Get Started

If you're interested in exploring the option of a green home funeral plan for yourself or a loved one, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Research local laws regarding death care in your area
  2. Find resources such as guides or workshops on how to care for your loved one's body at home
  3. Choose eco-friendly burial options such as biodegradable caskets or shrouds
  4. Consider hiring an end-of-life doula or other professional who specializes in green home funerals

Saying goodbye sustainably may seem like an unconventional choice at first glance, but it offers numerous benefits both for you and the planet we call home.

Love and Light,



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