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/

You too can be buried beside your best friend. The graves of flamboyant and generous businessman Sam G. Jones and his beloved Ocracoke pony Ikey D, Springer’s Point, Ocracoke Island, NC. Photo courtesy of Images by Ruth www.islandpath.com

 

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 information@deathforbeginners.com

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 !!!

http://naturalburial.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=46

The White Eagle Memorial Preserve  !!!
http://naturalburialground.com/default.htm
Grave Matters: Embalming
www.gravematters.us

The Centre for Natural Burial !!! Seems to be out of business as of 1/15/14 so try link below

http://www.greenburials.org/


Grave Matters: Natural Cemeteries
http://grave-matters.blogspot.com/2008/08/newest-natural-cemeteries.html 

Green Burial Council !!!
http://www.greenburialcouncil.com/ 


 Memorial Ecosystems !!!
http://www.memorialecosystems.com/ConservationBurial/tabid/110/Default.aspx

The Natural Burial Company
http://www.naturalburialcompany.com/

Not mentioned in book but in VA: Duck Run Natural Cemetery in Penn Laird, Va

http://www.duckruncemetery.com/

 

Traditional Burial



Find A Grave  UK included!
FindAGrave.com

The Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.cem.va.gov/bbene_burial.asp


AARP.ORG
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 
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/search/site/funerals

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.
http://www.funeralconsumer.org/estimate.html

Funeral Ethics
http://www.funeralethics.org/index.htm

National Funeral Directors Association
http://nfda.org/public.html

UK – National Association of Funeral Directors
http://www.nafd.org.uk/funeral-profession/funeral-profession-home.aspx

Returning to the sea can be tranquil, memorable, respectful and affordable. This eco friendly Atlantic Sea Burial Shroud with hand-poured ballast weights is used on a customized full body sea tribute burial cruises held year round. Photograph courtesy of www.NewEnglandBurialsatSea.com

 

 

Burial at Sea



United States Navy Mortuary Affairs Burial At Sea Program
http://www.navy.mil/navydata/questions/burial.html

Environmental Protection Agency – Region 4 & links to other Regions
http://www.epa.gov/region04/water/oceans/burial.html

NationMaster.com this link no longer provides proper information. 
http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Buried-at-sea#Modern_burial_at_sea_procedures

Try the link below:


Funeral Helper

http://www.funeralhelper.org/burial-at-sea-information.html



New England Burial at Sea: Sea Shroud  !!!
http://www.newenglandburialsatsea.com/burials-at-sea/atlantic-sea-burial-shroud/

Home Burial

Death Midwife !!!
ThresholdsOfLife.org

Lisa Carlson’s Caring for the Dead !!!
UpperAccess.com/experts/Carlson.html

Funeral Consumers Alliance – this link broken

http://www.funerals.org/newsandalerts/consumer-alerts/471-caringownlynchresponse
try this link:
http://www.funerals.org/newsandalerts/dailydirge/893-when-prepaid-funeral-plans-are-wealth-killers

Crossings !!!
http://www.crossings.net/index.html

Home Funeral Directory
http://homefuneraldirectory.com/

“A Family Undertaking”
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/afamilyundertaking/

 

Alternative Burial


Summum’s Mummification of Transference
http://www.summum.org/mummification/

 

Preneed


Funeral Consumers Alliance

http://www.funerals.org/frequently-asked-questions/198-preneedpitfalls