Chapter Two Links
Break On Through To the Other Side: Slip Sliding Into the Ground Isn’t a Bad Idea EitherA lot of people like the idea of returning to dust, as they say in the Bible. Even more people like the idea of becoming one with the earth, nourishing it. I have a friend who wants to be buried beneath an apple tree on her farm so future generations can have a bite of her each summer. There’s a joke there, I’m just not sure where.
UK friends: website descriptions that are specific to the UK are in green text.
Did You Know…
While preplanning is wise, especially with something that can be as costly as a traditional funeral, prepayment is fraught with traps for the unwary.
Some preneed plans will not reimburse your money in full if you change your mind.
Some preneed plans are only required to provide like services for those contracted.
Every state has different guidelines. Do your research and check with the Better Business Bureau.
In the UK visit Citizens Advice http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Notes & Updates
NEW GREEN BURIAL IN VA! Forest Rest Natural Cemetery, a green burial option located at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boones Mill (south of Roanoke 15 miles) www.forestrestnaturalcemetery.com
Good news for Virginia veterans who want to be buried in a state-run veteran cemetery. A new Virginia law says that burial vaults (which can run in the thousands of dollars) will be provided at cost to eligible veterans and their family members.
Interesting information about funeral flowers! http://www.memorialsofdistinction.co.uk/the-definitive-guide-to-funeral-flowers
If a link is broken, please let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The websites for goods and services are offered for your interest and exploration. The the act of posting them here is not an endorsement. There are some “goods and services” sites with whom I have had positive interaction and these sites are noted by the following: !!!
Green or Natural Burial
“The Meadow” http://www.themeadowlexingtonva.com/index.html A natural burial ground just ousdie of Lexington VA
Natural Burial Org !!!
The Centre for Natural Burial !!! Seems to be out of business as of 1/15/14 so try link below
Grave Matters: Natural Cemeteries
Green Burial Council !!!
Memorial Ecosystems !!!
The Natural Burial Company
Not mentioned in book but in VA: Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird, Va
Find A Grave UK included!
The Department of Veterans Affairs
this link listed in the book is broken: http://www.aarp.org/money/wise_consumer/smartshopping/funerals.html
try this link: http://www.aarp.org/money/estate-planning/info-11-2010/kip_the_lowdown_on_funeral_costs.html
The Federal Trade Commission
The Funeral Consumer Guardian Society
note* according to several reports, FCGS appears to be intimately connected with, and operated for the economic benefit of, the Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company (LHLIC), a division of the Londen Insurance Company.
National Funeral Directors Association
UK – National Association of Funeral Directors
Burial at Sea
United States Navy Mortuary Affairs Burial At Sea Program
Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4 & links to other Regions
NationMaster.com this link no longer provides proper information.
Try the link below:
New England Burial at Sea: Sea Shroud !!!
Death Midwife !!!
Lisa Carlson’s Caring for the Dead !!!
Funeral Consumers Alliance – this link broken
“A Family Undertaking”
Summum’s Mummification of Transference
Funeral Consumers Alliance