Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, now earth to earth: Edmonton church promoting green burials

Dust to dust, ashes to ashes, now earth to earth: Edmonton church promoting green burials

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[Edmonton Journal] Local church groups are trying to encourage Edmontonians to not bury their feelings about death and explore all the options they have, with a new environmentally friendly trend on the rise.

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Green burials have grown in popularity across Alberta since provincial legislative changes and the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton informed a small crowd of residents about this natural, not-so-costly practice at a seminar Sunday afternoon.

For a burial to be considered green, the body would be buried in simply a cloth shroud or basic coffin without embalming or a grave liner. This process allows the body to decompose and return to the earth, explained event organizer John Matthews.

“There can definitely be money saved in a green burial, but that’s not the primary motivation. The primary idea is to allow the body to go back to earth,” he said.

Matthews is also chair of the north-side Christ Church Polar Lake Cemetery, one of only a few in Edmonton currently offering plots for the green practice. He said his church was approached about two years ago by a resident interested in having a green burial, or what Matthews calls a “traditional burial,” and so they decided to provide the option.

This article continues at [Edmonton Journal] Back to earth’: Edmonton church groups exploring growing interest of green burials

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