How is green burial different from conventional burial?

Conventional burial, with embalming, a metal or hardwood casket, and burial vault is the most common means of body disposal in the U.S.; for many, it offers comfort and predictability.

But it can be very expensive, often at a time when families can least afford the expense.

It also inhibits decomposition of the body and creates “landfills” of non-biodegradable and sometimes hazardous materials.

We consider green burial “traditional” burial, as it reflects our burial practices up until the mid -nineteenth century.

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