Green, eco or sustainable funerals?

If your daily consumer preferences are for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living – you most likely fall into the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) demographic. So, what are your options in Wellington for a green or sustainable funeral?

Natural burial

Wellington is fortunate to have two established natural burial plots within the Makara and Otaki cemeteries. Simple requirements are that the deceased is not embalmed, is dressed in natural fibres and buried in a shroud or approved natural coffin.

From our experience there is something distinctive about a Makara natural burial service. The plots, in a rural setting with regenerating bush and vocal birdlife are protected by mature trees. Nearby livestock show some interest in the human activity. It is a familiar New Zealand scene.

As attendees walk down the sloping gravel driveway towards the site, the conversations and connections begin. It becomes an inclusive event; family, friends and colleagues each playing a part in the proceedings from the pallbearers carrying and lowering the coffin to everyone helping to refill the grave culminating in the planting of the chosen native tree. There are comfortable silences as those gathered contemplate.

Considered environmental choices have been expressed and delivered – simply and honestly.

Cremation or conventional burial

As with a natural burial you can opt not to be embalmed, to be dressed in natural fibres and choose a natural solid wood or composite coffin.