Eco funerals

More people are opting for a natural burial or eco funeral, ensuring they can leave one final statement behind on how they cared for the environment.

Hamilton is looking to establish its first natural burial site – having a natural burial site within the Hamilton Park Cemetery. There are more than 300 natural burial sites in the United Kingdom and more than a dozen in the United States but the idea has taken longer to catch on in New Zealand because people aren’t allowed to be buried on private land. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of interest.

People are wanting an alternative to the traditional burial, which involves a standard casket, embalming and often burials six feet deep.

A natural burial is free of chemicals and a person is buried only 50 centimetres to one metre deep, the best depth for a body to decompose. The body is not embalmed, but is kept refrigerated instead, or treated with oils. A natural casket, cardboard or shroud is used instead of a standard casket which is usually made from treated wood.

A tree, instead of a plaque, is planted on top of where the body is buried.

About 5 per cent to 10 per cent of people are now choosing not to be embalmed . It all comes down to choice. At Rosetown Funerals we can discuss  all of the options.