Cremation and the Environment

Many people are now choosing cremation services at funeral homes and crematoriums , rather than burial in a cemetery. One of the primary reasons that people opt for cremation when funeral planning or planning ahead for their own funeral services is that cremation is such an environmentally friendly option. Here is a look at just some of the ways that cremation is eco-friendly.

Doesn’t Require Land Use for a Burial Plot

Traditional burial services require a burial plot in a cemetery. This means that more and more natural land is being used for cemeteries and burial plots, rather than preserved. When you choose cremation, you do not have to take up valuable, natural land for a burial plot. Instead, cremated remains can be scattered, kept by loved ones as a memorial, or entombed in a columbarium.

Doesn’t Necessitate Embalming

The process of embalming a body prior to a funeral service or burial service requires the use of toxic chemicals. As a body decomposes in its burial plot, these chemicals seep into the ground, harming the earth and any nearby water sources. A body doesn’t need to be embalmed prior to cremation. You can still hold a funeral ceremony or memorial before or after cremation, and simply not have the body present for viewing. This eliminates the need for dangerous and harmful embalming chemicals.

Uses Fewer Resources and Less Energy

Before being placed in a burial plot at a cemetery, a body must be enclosed in a casket. The manufacturing of caskets and the preparation of the body for burial both consume a lot of energy and resources, thus taxing the earth. Far fewer resources are needed for cremation services, and the family doesn’t have to buy a casket.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cremation near Oakland , come see us at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. Our knowledgeable, compassionate funeral home staff can help you arrange a funeral for a loved one, or pre-plan a funeral for yourself. Call us today at (510) 654-0123 for more information about our cremation services.