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THE GREEN BURIAL GUIDEBOOK

Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial

Despite the widespread attention garnered by Jessica Mitford’s 1963 exposé of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death, the American way of death still includes average funeral expenses of between $8,000 and $12,000. What’s more, every year conventional burials in the United States bury 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid, containing carcinogenic formaldehyde; hundreds of thousands of tons of wood, steel, copper, and bronze caskets; and millions of tons of concrete vaults. There is a better way, and Elizabeth Fournier, affectionately dubbed the “Green Reaper,” walks readers through it, step-by-step. She provides comprehensive and compassionate guidance, covering everything from green burial and home funeral basics to legal guidelines, options for outside-the-box practices (such as burials at sea), and even detours into examples of celebrity green burials. The idea of a “good death” has been much discussed; Fournier points the way to good post-deaths, ones that consider both the environmental well-being of the planet and the economic well-being of loved ones.

AVAILABLE IN APRIL

Endorsements

“Elizabeth Fournier is doing her part to change the way Americans bury their dead.”
— People

“Fournier also offers options, foremost among them an approach that recalls how we’ve mourned from time immemorial. . . . Her advocacy of natural burial has earned her the nickname ‘the Green Reaper.’” 
— Portland Monthly


Author: Elizabeth Fournier
Product Code: 85233
ISBN: 978-1-60868-523-3
Pages: 172
Package: 1 Paperback / softback
Size: 5.25 X 8.00
Your Price : $15.95
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