Green Funerals

Green Funerals

It might not be something that you have heard too much about but Green Funerals are an option more and more Australians are choosing to make.

 

What is a Green Funeral?

Green Funerals, or "natural burials" as they are often known, put a conservationist spin on the traditional burial. Many of the normal preparations are left out of the natural burial process including the use of embalming fluid or chemical preservatives which are typically used to slow the process of decomposition.

As well, the body is placed in a biodegradable coffin instead of a traditional wooden coffin, and laid to rest in a shallow grave. The reason for this is that it benefits the Earth from which we came from.

There are usually no headstones in a green cemetery. The goal is for the land to remain undisturbed and in its natural state. Instead, each body is buried with its own GPS transmitting device; this way, relatives of the deceased can navigate their way over the unmarked ground (using hand-held satellite systems) to visit their loved ones.

 

Who can have a Green Funeral?

Anybody that nominates to have a natural burial is able to be buried using these procedures. However, if you're planning a funeral for a recently passed loved one, it is best to check any last testaments or wills to ensure that they did not request a religious ceremony as a natural burial leaves out many traditional elements.

 

Green cemeteries: where are they?

Since there are no headstones in a natural cemetery, it can be difficult to pick them out compared to the cemeteries we are typically familiar with. Sydney received its first natural cemetery, Saint Francis Field (located within the Catholic Kemps Creek Cemetery) back in 2010.

 

Other ways to hold Green Funerals

If you're uncomfortable with the idea of a natural burial, there are other ways in which you can be environmentally conscious:

  • Prepare a living will so that your next of kin will know what your wishes are should you need life support
  • Organ and Tissue Donation can mean life or sight to the recipient - if you wish to donate your organs, let your family know, indicate your choice on your driver's licence or register with the Australian Organ Donation Register
  • Body Donation is another way to reuse the body - scientific knowledge gained from medical research is a wonderful gift to medical students and future generations
  • Opt to leave out embalming as it requires the use of dangerous chemicals that can poison the earth or pollute water supplies
  • Caskets and Coffins made from simple wood are some of the most environmentally friendly body containers
  • Instead of sending flowers, you can make a donation to a charity or organisation that your loved one was associated with

 

Have you been to a Green Funeral or it something you're planning? How does it compare (for you) to a traditional funeral?

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Lady Anne Funerals is here to support and assist your family through what can be a difficult time, with a ladies touch. 

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

  • Personalised memorial services
  • Cremation and burial services
  • Religious services catering to all faith's
  • No service, no attendance 

Please get in touch - night or day - via the form or you can call us on the number below.

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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.”

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Lee Dowdall
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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