Going green, in life ... and in death

 |  Eco Catholic

In recent years, the "going green" mantra has spread into many facets of everyday life -- cars, light bulbs, water bottles, electronics and many, many more areas.

A story at HourDetroit.com, a Detroit-area magazine, highlights another way people are looking to limit their carbon footprint -- burials.

According to the piece, a "green burial" is a practice that:

"employs biodegradable caskets (or none at all, depending on the deceased’s wishes), no formaldehyde-based embalming solutions (plant-based solutions are permissible if there is to be a viewing, but some opt for no embalming at all), and biodegradable shrouds and casket liners."

For some, the practice isn't just an environmentally-conscious choice, but a spiritual one, as well.

Don't miss a thing! Get NCR's free newsletter.

The story tells how a woman buried her mother in the same fashion as Jesus was, at her mother's request. Assisted by Eco Catholic contributor Fr. Charles Morris, the woman placed her mother into the ground sans casket, unembalmed and wrapped only in a shroud.

Morris said he the practice shows humans are a part of creation, not separated from it, and describes green funerals as part of the circle of life.

“It’s a complete recycling — cradle to cradle,” he told Hour Detroit. “We’re not going to use our bodies anymore, and those parts and nutrients can be recycled back into the Earth. It’s part of the web of life.”

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg


NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.



NCR Email Alerts


In This Issue

July 14-27, 2017