EnviroCitizen.org believes that few would argue with the fact that the earth's natural resources are becoming limited. For that reason alone, it is very important to preserve and protect what nature has given us.
Cultures across the word spanning centuries have all developed special ways for those who remain to honor those who have died. One of the most common traditions worldwide, regardless of social or spiritual beliefs, has always been the process of and ceremonies associated with burial.
Burial or interment has traditionally been used as a means of disposition. This practice bears roots in a number of different traditions and beliefs. Originally, burial was a way of protecting the body of the dead from hungry animals, but there are many additional reasons for burial such as the concept of reincarnation as well as the spiritual aspect of returning to the Earth and once again becoming a part of the creation of new life.
At the turn of the 21st century, we have faced a marked shortage of space for burial and for the deficiency of official as well as sanctioned land for traditional burial. To explore traditional burial, its customs and rituals and how these affect our planet earth, there are many things we must analyze and come to understand. By looking at other alternatives to this tradition, such as burial at sea and cremation, youâ€™ll realize that these methods can definitely affect the planet.
One great alternative to traditional burial is choosing green burial which includes holding an eco-funeral. Though it seems like a new concept which stems from the desire to protect our natural resources, this is actually an age old and revered concept. It incorporates the psychological and spiritual ideals of traditional burial while promoting a safer, sounder and more secure future for the next generation. This, in turn, will continue to benefit the Earth long after we have all passed.
With so many reasons to go green, you may wish to consider this option for your eternal resting place in advance or you may choose this for a recently lost loved one. Many believe this is the best way to honor and respect their memory. Whatever the reason, it is important to explore the practices of traditional burial and interment, the standard practice of embalming and the traditional method of developing cemeteries in order to determine whether or not the toll these things take on the environment is something you wish to contribute to long after you have left this Earth.