In recent times, we have seen an increase in funerals that are environmentally friendly. The options for an eco-friendly funeral and natural burials mean that there is more choice for you when it comes to personalising an environmentally friendly funeral service.

Eco-friendly funerals are a popular alternative to the traditional funeral and burial services. Eco funerals are less harmful and produce less waste materials for the preparation of the body for the final burial process. This type of funeral not only has less impact on the environment, but also offers more of an outdoor natural setting for the actual memorial service.

Three of the best eco-friendly funeral options:

  • A green or natural burial in a cemetery or memorial ground
  • A green or natural burial in a woodland
  • A green or natural burial in your private land or home

Why choose one?

At a green funeral the body can be buried in a biodegradable coffin made of perfectly natural materials, or it may simply be wrapped in a simpler shroud alternatively. In green burials, embalming is not permitted, because of the chemicals that are permitted in the process.

People are becoming much more aware of and concerned about the impact of the environment on the planet. Some people will choose to have eco-friendly funerals because they care deeply about the environmental impact in their life, and want to have the same impact after they die.

Green funerals are appealing to these people because it is a way to return their body to the earth in a truly natural way. This typically takes place in green spaces, in places that include protected woodland, wildflower meadows, and even parkland, which can be much more pleasant locations to commemorate loved ones for some people.

Can cremation be eco-friendly?

With eco-friendly funerals, there are no harmful chemicals that are used in the embalming process before cremation. There is also much less waste produced when no burial ground or casket is needed. However, many believe that cremation is not as eco-friendly as a green burial, since cremation has a significant impact on carbon footprint.

What is the greenest way you can be buried?

Some tips for a greener funeral include:

  • Not embalming the body
  • Using a biodegradable casket or shroud over the more traditional coffin choices
  • Bury the body in a natural burial site or green cemetery
  • Holding a small service at the burial and so minimising travel
  • Instead of a memorial or headstone, a tree could be planted in someone’s memory

Funerals at SC and BS Cocks

Funerals are a very personal experience; therefore our arrangements and payment plans are tailored to your needs.

We understand that no two funerals are the same. With this in mind, we will work closely with you to ensure all your requirements are met.

Below you will find a list of items that we can help you with and if you require more information or something a little different, simply let us know!

  • Collections from anywhere in the UK
  • Collections from abroad
  • Different religious funerals
  • Burials at sea
  • Pre-paid funeral plans
  • Personalised tailored funeral services
  • Choice of appropriate music
  • Green funerals
  • A variety of alternative coffins, from solid wood to willow and colourful coffins
  • Horse drawn hearses

 At SC & BS Cocks, we deeply understand that arranging a funeral can seem like a momentous task during such a difficult time, and actually planning can be another thing entirely. That is why we’re here to help every step of the way. Throughout the process, we’ll talk you through the different options available and offer advice on the choices that will best suit your requirements. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch or find us at our website, where you can find a wealth of information on all the funeral services we offer and what works best for you.