VIDEO: [CBC News] More Canadians are choosing a more environmentally friendly funeral. Green burial sites are becoming more common, in which people are buried in biodegradable ways. [May 8, 2018]
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