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A Legal Natural Burial Right – Green Burial

 

Found this article on Dr Axe’s site and found it really interesting so thought you may also. Suzanne Kelly has written a book on the subject that you also may like to read called  “Greening Death,”

Fear of the decomposing corpse reached a fever pitch, and cities and towns passed laws banning human burials within their borders. This marked the beginning of sanitizing death and the beginning of a funeral industry that today rakes in $16 billion annually in the U.S. alone. But we’re starting to see a backlash to these modern-day burial methods as the idea of green burial is gaining momentum in the United States once again.

What is a green burial service?

Also known as “natural burial,” the Green Burial Council describes a green burial as something that.

  • Impacts the environment minimally while caring for the dead
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Limits carbon emissions
  • Protects workers’ health
  • Promotes the restoration or preservation of habitat

Basically it is returning the body back to the earth in its natural form to decompose naturally with bugs and all that stuff.

The main features of today’s green burials include using:

  • No toxic chemicals, including embalming fluid
  • Biodegradable caskets
  • Biodegradable shrouds or urns
  • Minimizing the use of fossil fuels for burial

The Green Burial Council differ in their requirements for some areas so check it out and make sure a potential site matches your wants and needs. (For instance, some are certified to remain a preserve in perpetuity, while others aren’t.)

  • Hybrid. These burial sites are generally conventional cemeteries that offer a “green” section, allowing for the burial of umembalmed bodies in biodegradable caskets or shrouds. The cemetery may still allow the use of pesticides, turf lawn and non-native plants.
  • Natural burial grounds. Only unembalmed bodies are buried at these sites. Toxic chemicals, cement and metal vaults, traditional marble/stone grave markets and caskets made of non-biodegradable materials are banned. These burial sites also implement waste-reducing and energy-conserving guidelines to improve sustainability.
  • Conservation burial sites. This is the gold standard green burial if you’re looking to support land conservation. These burial grounds require an independent conservation group, like a land trust, to oversee the land. This ensures it will remain as a conservation easement or land permanently preserved in its natural state.

Is it legal to have a natural burial?

  • Yes, but not all cemeteries offer this option.
  • Kinkaraco, a green funeral products company, keeps a state-by-state list of green cemeteries that do not require embalming, a grave liner or vault.
  • Or course, lobbying your local cemetery to open a green section for natural burials is also an option to bring green services to your community.
  • Check your state and local laws to see if you can create an area of your property to be zoned as a  “home cemetery.” The rules and requirements may differ depending on how many people you may want to bury on your family’s land … and the acreage of your plot of land. And you will likely need to register coordinates of buried bodies with local officials. (7)
  • If you plan a burial on your private property, be sure to check state and local laws regarding who may fill out a death certificate and file it with the local registrar.
  • If opting for a home funeral, you can choose to work with a home funeral-friendly funeral home to help prepare the body or you and family members can prepare the body with gentle soap and essential oils. Look for a home funeral guide from your state to help direct you through the legalities and options available.

Are coffins biodegradable?

  • If you’re opting for a green burial, you’ll want to bypass coffin options offered in most conventional funeral homes.
  • Natural burials commonly use a natural fiber bed sheet, biodegradable shroud, a pine, seagrass or wicker box, natural papier-mâché or even a cardboard box. The general idea is that it’s natural, untreated wood or organic fiber. That way, it’ll break down and enhance the soil, not harm it.
  • You’ll want to avoid any stains, varnishes, paints or other finishes because they likely contain harmful chemicals. Stick to untreated.
  • Many green burial sites also allow loved ones to bury cremated remains.
  • Ashes after a cremation are inorganic bone fragments. You can grow a tree over the ashes, but they aren’t actually feeding the tree or soil.

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Climate Change? – Hmm Makes you Think

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Australia’s hottest day? Not 2010, but 1828 at a blistering 53.9 °C (129 F)

Back before man-made climate change was frying Australia, when CO2 was around 300 ppm, the continent savoured an ideal preindustrial climate, right? (This is the kind of climate we are spending $10b per annum to get back too?)

We are told today’s climate has more records and more extremes than times gone by, but the few records we have from the early 1800’s are eye-popping. Things were not just hotter, but so wildly hot it burst thermometers. The earliest temperature records we have shown that Australia was a land of shocking heatwaves and droughts, except for when it was bitterly cold or raging in flood.

In other words, nothing has changed, except possibly things might not be quite so hot now.

Silliggy (Lance Pidgeon) has been researching records from early explorers and from newspapers.

What he’s uncovered is fascinating! It’s as if history is being erased!

1.For all that we hear about recent record-breaking climate extremes, records that are equally extreme, and sometimes even more so, are ignored.
2.In January 1896 a savage blast “like a furnace” stretched across Australia from east to west and lasted for weeks.
3.The death toll reached 437 people in the eastern states.
4.Newspaper reports showed that in Bourke the heat approached 120°F (48.9°C) on three days.
5.The maximum at or above 102 degrees F (38.9°C) for 24 days straight!

What is most interesting about this was the skill, dedication and length of meteorological data taken in the 1800′s. When our climate is “the most important moral challenge” why is it there is so little interest in our longest and oldest data?

Who knew that one of the most meticulous and detailed temperature records in the world from the 1800′s comes from Adelaide, largely thanks to Sir Charles Todd.

Rainfall records even appear to go as far back as 1839. Lance Pidgeon went delving into the National Archives and was surprised at what he found.

The media are in overdrive, making out that “the extreme heat is the new normal” in Australia.

The Great Australian heatwaves of January 2013 didn’t push the mercury above 50C at any weather station in Australia, yet it’s been 50C (122F) and hotter in many inland towns across Australia over the past century.

It makes you wonder about putting the blame on those high records – On man-made global warming.

“I think we can all do our little bit by planting trees and owning conservative vehicles etc but my opinion – It is What it is. There will always be extremes in every thing even the weather. Our world is in Gods hands I am more concerned about the hate in this world – The Hate and judgement that comes out of ones mouth, does a lot more damage not the Temperature of the Air.” Me (L Voth)

Interested in this subject go to info – Silliggy (Lance Pidgeon)

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Did You Know – 10/18/2016

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  1. If you want to get along with any dog all you have to do is put some of your saliva in your palm and have the dog lick your hand. By doing this you will instantly become friends with any dog. The reason for this is they like saliva is they like the enzymes in the saliva. All animals seek enzymes such as lions when capture their prey they always first start eating the internal organs. Eskimos who live insecurely cold areas where hardly any plants grow, always eat the internal organs of their captured seal first. Source Hiromi Shinya,MD

body-temperature2. A healthy persons body temperature is around 98.6 F.(37 C) once this falls the rate of metabolism declines by as much as 50%, further more the body temperature at which cancer cells can multiply more easily is around 95 F.

Source: Hiromi Shinya, MD

 

3. Test Pilot shot himself down

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4. Mr. Allen Swift: Born – 1908 – Died 2010
This man owned and drove the same car for 82 years.
Can you imagine even having the same car for 82 years?
Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , Massachusetts ) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster from his father, brand new – as a graduation gift in 1928.

He drove it up until his death in 2010… At the age of 102.
He was the oldest living owner of a car that was purchased new.
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It was donated to a Springfield museum after his death.
It has 1,070,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition.
82 years – That’s approximately 13,048 miles per year (1087 per month).

1,070,000 that’s miles not kilometres.

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Best Buy Wednesday Books – Man’s Search For Meaning

I first heard about this book when the lead singer from ‘ColdPlay’ was being interviewed on ‘Ellen and a few days later Jimmy Fallon also mentioned he had just read this book while he was recouping from his injured finger. They both said it was a book that had a very positive impact.
So I bought it as this is the type of book I like to read.

I have just finished reading it and it is very compelling. Its not a big book it is only 165 pages so won’t take long to read. I believe each person will take away some thing different from this book.
 It is one that everybody should have in their library.

This book has been around for some time and is a riveting story about the life in the Nazi death camps and the spiritual lessons for their survival. Lessons that we can use today and how we choose to handle difficult times in our lives. It was first published in 1959 and been read by thousands.

Buy From Amazon

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Common causes of death in the US

Common causes of death in the US (2010)

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June 3, 2014 · 9:29 AM

Would You Take This Test

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Good Question. Me? No, I have no intention of finding out when I am likely to kick the bucket. I just want to enjoy each day being ignorant of that fact. Not that I am afraid of dying but just don’t want to know when.

This is an article that was on the Fox news which they got from LA Times  Science. I thought was rather interesting reading.

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A blood test to predict imminent death?

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, such an option may one day be available to the public.  In a new study published in PLOS Medicine, researchers revealed that certain levels of four biomarkers circulating in the blood stream may strongly indicate when death is on the horizon.

To identify these “deathly” chemicals, the researchers analyzed blood samples from more than 17,000 people living in Estonia and Finland, screening them for 106 different types of proteins.  After a median follow-up period of five years, the researchers identified which study participants had died and compared their blood samples to those of the living.

They found that four biomarkers – alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, albumin, very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) particle size and citrate – were all unusually high in the deceased patients, five years prior to their deaths.  Additionally, the researchers created an index of the four chemicals, and individuals whose biomarker index was in the top 20 percent were 19 times more likely to die within the five years after the blood samples were taken.

The four proteins were associated with various types of mortality – including death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and other nonvascular diseases – but they were even predictive of death in people considered healthy, as well.

According to the researchers, these four biomarkers may be indicators of deadly underlying conditions that may go unnoticed by many patients.

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Did You Know – 11/18/2013

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1. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first senses to be adversely affected by cognitive decline.
In patients with Alzheimer’s, the ability to smell peanut butter through the left nostril was found to be significantly impaired
“Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

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2. Men watch porn more than Woman. (You don’t say)
(source – University of Copenhagen)

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3. Reading a book is better for the brain than watching TV
Source – American Academy of Neurology

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4. There are three reasons a dog’s urine burns grass: an alkaline pH, concentrated (vs. dilute) urine, and nitrogen load. The most important factor of the three is urine pH.
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5. Walking 14.5km or 10 miles a week is linked to a 22% lower death rate among men. So there you are guys just take that little step and your health improves
Source- Harvard University

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