Are There Alternatives To Burial And Cremation?

Are There Alternatives To Burial And Cremation?

Nobody enjoys thinking about their own funeral or the funeral of another but it is an unfortunate reality for all of us. The inevitability of death means that funerals are something that we should consider at some point during our lives. Even though everyone passes on, how everybody decides to have their remains processed is entirely up to them. With the diversity we have as people, we are equally as diverse in practices able to be offered to us in our passing. Alternatives to burial and cremation aren't commonly discussed as these are the two standard choices in Western society. We would like to be able to help you assess the best option for you and your family and are open to helping with non traditional funeral arrangements.

Apart from cremation and burial there are various ways to lay a loved one to rest and pay tribute to them. Whether it be a specific way of dealing with ashes or a different method of preserving a body after death, Lady Anne funerals has listed some alternatives to burial and cremation which may seem a little strange compared to the traditional but are being discussed more frequently in recent times.


A few alternatives to burial include:


Natural burial

One alternative to burial is the natural version of the common burial process. Natural burial doesn't use the traditional embalming processes and allows natural decomposition to take place. A natural burial is preferred by some because it avoids formaldehyde making its way into the soil and avoids the issue of landfill associated with large coffins. This kind of process isn’t allowed everywhere so some research will need to be conducted to know if this an option.


Organ and tissue donation

This entails donating one’s whole body to medical research and is seen as a way of giving back to future generations. Organs can be used to prolong the life of those who need them. There are a number of Universities which use cadavers for research and education purposes. This alternative to burial or cremation means you are able to help others.



This is a more environmentally friendly alternative to cremation. Rather than burning the body of the deceased this method entails using heated water and alkali substances to decompose the body . The body is dissolved using the combination of high pressure and high temperature. The remaining ashes of the bones of the deceased are then returned to the family.



Cryonics is an alternative to burial that involves freezing the body in hope that medicine will one day make it possible to revive the deceased with mind and body intact. This practice comes with a large price tag of up to $200,000. This method is offered by Stasis Systems Australia.


Turn your ashes into diamonds

While all life inevitably ends, diamonds are forever. Multiple companies offer a service which can turn cremated ashes into certified diamonds. It's a rather glamorous and sentimental alternative to burial. The diamonds can be used to create rings, necklaces or other pieces of jewellery to act as an eternal memento of a loved one.


Become part of a coral reef

Eternal Reefs offers for your ashes to be placed in a memorial reef. Not only will the remains be part of an underwater reef for eternity but the process also helps to support reef ecology.The artificial reef material is created from concrete and human remains and is then placed in areas where reefs need restoration. At this stage the only organisation that offers this kind of burial is located in Florida.


While some of these alternatives to burial and cremation may seem odd, others are imaginative ways to honour and remember a loved one. If you haven’t chosen how you wish to treat your remains, the choice regarding burial alternatives is up to your loved ones. The choice that’s made should reflect the wishes of the deceased as well as the person they were. While death is distressing, the passing of a loved one is also a reason to celebrate a life.

Lady Anne recognises that everybody deals with grief differently and we each have personal preferences when it comes to celebrating a life. Your funeral home can help you with all of your funeral needs, ease your burden and help you through what is often a difficult time.


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We are available to discuss a range of services to support your family, including: 

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Some of the families we've helped

“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

Lee Dowdall

“We wish to thank you for having helped us put together a beautiful farewell for our mother, one which she would have been delighted with.

It was a difficult day and it would have been worse without your synchronised, seamless and consistent presence as well as attention to detail.

We value your candour as the people you are and the very sensitive manner in which you conducted the service.

Thanking you from the bottom of our hearts,

The Pastore Family
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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