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Woodland Burial: Is It the Right Choice for You?

When planning for end-of-life arrangements, deciding what will happen to our bodies is a deeply personal choice. While cremation is currently the most popular option, it poses significant environmental concerns. The process demands high temperatures for extended periods, consuming large amounts of gas and electricity.

Traditional burials, typically conducted in local cemeteries, have been the standard alternative. However, they occupy extensive land areas, leading to many UK cemeteries nearing capacity. Over time, as families move away, headstones can become neglected or vandalized, failing to honor the memory of loved ones. Additionally, traditional burials often involve environmentally damaging practices, such as importing headstones from distant quarries and using coffins made from non-biodegradable materials like MDF, chipboard, and plastics. The embalming process, which involves replacing bodily fluids with formaldehyde-based solutions, further hinders natural decomposition and can pollute water sources.

For those concerned about their carbon footprint, a woodland burial presents an eco-friendly alternative. Regardless of religious faith or lack thereof, individuals can choose a woodland burial, ensuring their final act does not harm the environment but instead leaves a positive legacy for future generations. Woodland burials, also known as green or eco burials, promote environmental sustainability and are an ideal option for those who wish to give back to nature.

In woodland burials, coffins are made from natural, biodegradable materials such as wicker, bamboo, banana leaf, wool, real wood, and cardboard. Instead of traditional headstones, wooden memorials and trees create a natural reserve that supports local wildlife. Each grave accommodates only one body, allowing families unrestricted time at the graveside. Unlike traditional burials, woodland burials are not limited by geographic location, with a standardized fee structure for everyone.

Woodland burials offer unparalleled flexibility, with no obligation to adhere to conventional traditions, protocols, or ceremonies. Some may choose to forgo a ceremony altogether. This approach ensures a lasting resting place without imposing future maintenance or renewal burdens on the family.

Benefits of a Woodland Burial:

  • Tranquility: Provides a serene and unique setting for remembrance.
  • Cost-Effective: Often more affordable than traditional burials.
  • Flexible: Free from rigid traditions and protocols.
  • Environmental Protection: Supports biodiversity and minimizes ecological impact.
  • Positive Legacy: Contributes to the well-being of future generations.
  • Land Conservation: Promotes sustainable land use.

With over 270 natural burial sites in the UK, ranging from privately owned to those operated by local authorities, there are numerous options to explore. We recommend visiting potential sites and discussing your wishes with family members. Ensure your choice is documented in your will.

At NewRest Family Funerals, we are here to assist you in arranging a woodland burial, with prices starting from £900.00. Contact our friendly team today to find out how we can support you in planning a final goodbye that aligns with your values and budget.

NewRest Family Funerals – Providing compassionate, eco-friendly funeral services.

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