Green Burial

What is a Natural Burial?

A green burial is a cremation alternative, and a viable alternative to traditional burial practices in the United States. It is an earth friendly option when considering burial vs cremation. The simplicity of a green burial is in tune with nature and need not be expensive.

The eco-friendly alternative to traditional options


Simple and natural. Green burial, or natural burial, ensure the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects. Interment of the bodies is done in a biodegradable casket, shroud, or a favorite blanket. No embalming fluid and no concrete vaults.



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How to know if a green burial is the best option for you or your loved one


If you want to reduce the ecological impact of burial, this option is ideal. It is simple, and its acceptance and use have grown throughout the country in recent decades, even though it is an option that has existed since the beginning of humanity.


In a green burial, the time it takes for the body to decompose naturally depends on the quality of the soil, the type of soil, and the moisture and oxygen levels present in the ground.


It is undoubtedly a process based on a simple technique that avoids using chemicals to prepare, decompose or maintain the body. The human body can be prepared for green burial through refrigeration and environmentally friendly cleaning substances.


In the same way, concrete or any more traditional grave markers are avoided to continue with a low ecological impact. Other eco-friendly ways of marking the burial place can be found, and the whole family can participate in creating one.


It is suitable for most religious rituals, is sustainable, and can be accompanied by a celebration of life service without any problem. Being natural does not preclude doing the honors we do in the traditional way with other funeral services.


Celebrate life by generating more life


It is clear that nature has intended that our bodies be reunited with the earth. All organisms that have lived, have died and returned to the soil...only to be recycled into new life. Constant microbial activity in the soil breaks everything down. Nature creates no waste. Everything is recycled. In keeping with your personal values, a natural burial site for you, family, even pets, promotes growth of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, in turn bringing birds and other wildlife to the area.


Water is not wasted, nor are pesticides and herbicides used in attempts to control nature. Instead, a green cemetery allows nature take it's course. Planting native trees, shrubs and flowers in your loved one's honor promotes habitat restoration. To encourage land preservation, a green cemetery grants a conservation easement for the burial site.


Choosing a green burial now relieves your loved ones of the distress that comes in having to make difficult, and often costly, decisions after your passing. Involve your friends and family now, so difficult decisions do not need to be made in a time of grief.



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Forest Lawn Funeral Home
Phone: (251) 675-0824
9700 Celeste Road, Saraland, AL 36571

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Phone: (251) 675-0824
10000 Celeste Road, Saraland, AL 36571

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