To be buried in an environmentally friendly manner is becoming more accessible throughout the country. It is actually an old practice that is being modernized. You can lower your carbon footprint even after you pass on from this our earth. We will be discussing what a green burial means, the role of funeral directors in green burial, how you can find out where to be buried ‘green’ and the resulting environmental benefits. Our guest were:
Ann Hoffner is an environmental journalist and author, and among other things an avid world sailor. She has published many articles in environmental and sailing magazines and publications. She recently published “THE NATURAL BURIAL CEMETERY GUIDE”, a result of a years-long exploration of green burial, a new-old way of making the final recycling choice–what happens to your body after death. Before beginning the research she spent10 years on a 44-foot sailboat, traveling with her husband down the Panama Canal and across the Pacific to Australia and Southeast Asia, writing freelance articles for sailing magazines as she went. Follow Ann at greenburialnaturally.org as a platform for the cemetery guide and Facebook to share news and information about green burial.
Melissa Unfred, better known as the ‘Modern Mortician” is undertaking Natural Burial funeral care for People and Pets in Austin, and the Central Texas area. She is a first generation Funeral Director/Embalmer, residing in Austin. She prefers to be called a Mortician, as it encompasses both titles. Her entry into funeral service began at 17 years old. She is licensed and serves on several boards related to the funeral industry. She was featured in the November 2015 issue of Texas Director Magazine in an article written by Alice Adams. Follow Melissa on Facebook and Instagram, or her website themodernmortician.com.
Ellen Macdonald is the owner and Queen of the ‘Eloise Woods Community Burial Park” located in Cedar Creek, Texas. She says “If you see a woman pushing a wheelbarrow mulching trails or digging holes in the mornings at EloiseWoods that would be Ellen.” Before taking over the burial park, she earned a PhD in Neuroscience at UC San Diego, but got tired of chopping off rat’s heads. When she is not mulching trails or digging graves, Ellen also delivers groceries for Meals on Wheels homebound clients, volunteers at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House, and traps feral cats for the Austin Humane Society. You can follow Ellen at www.eloisewoods.com or on Facebook.
Ann Hoffner, Ellen Macdonald, Melissa Unfred