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What does it mean to have a green final disposition?

Published: April 18, 2022

What does it mean to have a green final disposition?

A natural or green disposition means that the body is buried in a biodegradable container or shroud. Usually, burial is done without the body being embalmed with formaldehyde. When the body is buried, it is placed in a natural setting. It can be as simple as being wrapped in a shroud and placed in a grave without an outer burial container. If being buried in the ground a biodegradable container, such as an Aron casket, earth may be added to accelerate the decomposition process. A body may also be buried at sea in a biodegradable container.

If the body is cremated, it is placed in a biodegradable urn or scattered. The cremated remains could be buried in the ground in a biodegradable urn, released into the water or scattered in a natural area. An urn may also be buried at sea. Another, newer option is aquamation which is flameless cremation where a combination of water flow, temperature and alkalinity dissolves the body and releases the water in the body so that only mineral bone remains. Remains from alkaline hydrolysis can be buried or scattered in the same manner as traditional cremains.

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