A funeral is an important part of the grieving process, and giving your loved one the burial they want is very important. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when planning a funeral, including how and where someone is laid to rest. While the two most common options are still cremation and traditional burial, you now have much more flexibility regarding decisions like the type of burial grounds, gravemarkers and coffins.
When it comes to deciding on the kind of burial you would like for yourself or a loved one, you also need to abide by the laws in your area.
So, if you are considering a natural burial, read on to find out more about what exactly is natural burial, the laws surrounding it in Queensland, and whether it could be an option.
What Is A Natural Burial?
A natural burial generally avoids some of the traditional elements of laying a body to rest in order to make the process more eco-friendly. This can include the use of ‘green’ coffins or caskets as well as not undergoing the embalming process or being cremated. The reason for this is that, while traditional burial processes slow down the decomposition of the body, they can have a negative impact on the land.
Some common features of a natural burial include:
- A green coffin, casket or shroud (wicker, cardboard, willow, bamboo, cane etc.)
- If the person is cremated, their ashes are buried in an eco-urn
- No grave liners or burial vaults are used
- The body is laid to rest in biodegradable clothing
- A natural gravemarker is used, like a wooden sign
- Graves are marked by a tree, plant, stone or other natural signifiers
Advantages Of A Natural Burial
This method is becoming more and more popular as people begin to take greater notice of environmental impact on the planet. Natural burials usually take place in rainforest settings in Queensland, allowing the body to return to nature.
Furthermore, since the burial locations are often spaces dedicated to laying bodies to rest, they are protected from any potential development. This means that the habitats and wildlife that live in these areas have a chance to thrive without the threat of eradication.
Is Natural Burial Legal?
Yes! Queensland has no laws against natural burial. Of course, you must follow the regulations set out for such events, but there is no reason you or your loved one can’t be laid to rest according to your, or their, wishes.
How Do Sites Vary?
As more natural burial grounds open throughout Queensland, you will find that there is a fair amount of variety between them. You may even want to visit a few different sites before making a decision.
Some locations will allow you to mark the grave with a stone, as is traditional. Others, however, don’t allow the grave to be marked at all. If this is something that is important to you, it’s key that you ask this early on before making a commitment to a site.
This is similar to ordinary burial sites as from one to the next, the landscape, layout and things you are allowed to do there will vary.
Where To Get Help With Funerals
During times of loss and grief, nobody should be left alone. This is especially true of the funeral planning process. It can be difficult to focus on putting together a perfect service during this time. That is why, at A Gentle Touch Funerals, we strive to do everything we can to make the process seamless and stress free for you.
We can help you with every element of funeral planning and arrangements so that you have the time you deserve to spend with your family. If you are ready to start planning a funeral on the Gold Coast, get in touch with A Gentle Touch Funerals today to get started.