A Natural, Woodland or Eco-Funeral

A Natural, Woodland or Eco-Funeral – Burial or Interment of Cremated Remains

You may have read or heard about, attended, or vaguely considered a natural or ‘green’ funeral.

With cremation and interment into the ground, burial, still our two most common methods of ‘leaving’ this planet, not only should we consider the type of service, religious or ‘alternative,’ that we would like for ourselves but where exactly do we want this to happen?

Leaving it to our Executors could be an option but making an informed choice whilst we are alive is likely to be far more satisfactory for all those concerned.

Burial knowledge is limited and not a subject of common conversation but, as with all unknowns, there are – complications and, choices.

Two places of burial are well known; the local churchyard or, municipal cemetery.

What happens if I have to go into a nursing home near where one of my children live? Can I be buried there, in the Parish or the local cemetery? Can I come back ‘home’ and be buried?
Yes and no are the answers and the beginning of the complications.
Residency is key. That you live in a parish for numerous years is not a qualifier regarding the local ‘council’ cemetery. IF you are a non-resident, your burial may be allowed but, the interment fees are likely to double or, triple.

After a period of non-residence, returning ‘home’ may now class you as a non-resident and the same financial situation could apply – exceptions are rare.

Churchyard burials: you have a parishioner right to be buried but, is the local churchyard (and annexe if applicable), full?
Can your ‘significant other’ join you in time or do practical limitations exclude them?
Is pre-purchase an option or at least, saving-a-space a possibility?

Two options generally exist for municipal cemeteries and these options are taken into financial account too.
The purchase (of a lease) of the Exclusive Right of Burial for the grave: how long is the lease and what does the expression actually mean?
No matter the answer, there will be a price attached which, could also double or triple if the deceased is non-resident.
The alternative is NOT to purchase the Exclusive Right of Burial – what does that mean and what is allowed regarding the grave purchase?

Some cemeteries have a ‘woodland’ or ‘natural’ burial area. This will have different rules to the rest of the cemetery but a burial here could be more expensive with less freedom of choice.

Private Woodland Burials.

The past twenty five years has seen the popularity of private land burials increase enormously. With fewer restrictions imposed and, considerable financial savings, what are the implications, pros and cons?
Of course, because of the private enterprise, no two facilities are the same and a large consideration relates to, locality. You may find lovely surroundings, picturesque or panoramic views but it could be miles from where you reside and, as you age, transport could be a limiting factor regarding grave attendance if applicable.

As with all of life, there is no ideal solution but being presented with as many choices as possible will help you make that informed decision and the person to help you the most is likely to be your local funeral director. The internet is a valuable resource too but again, you local funeral director will have researched the subject on numerous occasions and will be the best informed to give you advice – photos or a brochure may also be available.

Common Questions.

What happens at the grave before, during and after the service? Can the service be religious or does it have to be alternative? What ‘alternative’ options are there? Can we play music at the ceremony? What do we have to wear? Are flowers allowed or a memorial plaque?

These are all typical questions which commonly affect private land burials but the answers and advice can all be readily supplied by your local funeral director along with the current costs involved.

We at Shoobridge Funeral Services have extensive experience of Woodland Burials in our area and can offer the choices you need to decide this extremely important ritual - last rite.

For those who wish both or are undecided, Cremated Remains, more commonly known as ‘Ashes,’ can also be buried (interred) in ‘natural’ areas municipally or privately; again, your local funeral director is simply the best resource available.

Please contact one of our friendly team to ask relevant questions without compromise or obligation or better still, phone for an appointment - we may even be able to visit you.


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