Saturday marks Earth Day and many will take time to consider the health of the earth. I have participated in several Earth Day events. One time, my partner in green burial and I had a booth at an Earth Day event. We had many very interesting conversations, but our favourite of the day was a troop of girl scouts. The leader led from behind and encouraged the girls to ask us what our booth was about. Well, I explained about green burial just a bit, and the look of the faces of the girls and their leader was priceless. Most people at Earth Day events hope to find recycling or save the species booths; most are not expecting a green burial booth. Maybe they should. Maybe we need to take a look at how we are dying in North America. When we might need medical intervention, do we consider that at some point we might need to just let go and cease extraneous care? Have we each considered the impact of these interventions on ourselves, those who love us and the environment? When we are faced with planning a funeral and burial, have we looked at our options? Do we know our rights? Can we make informed decisions for our family and can we choose the greener options? Are these important to us? On Earth Day, perhaps we can take a small moment before we head off to a recycling event and ponder what it means to have an earth friendly death and burial.
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