I advocate for a simple and natural burial, but that does not always fit with people’s lives and views on death. I did not always think I wanted a natural or green burial. I came to that conclusion through research and a lifelong discussion I had had with family members. Growing up my family thought cremation was the way to go. After I became an Orthodox Christian, I realized that cremation was no longer an option, so I thought for years I would be embalmed. One day at the beginning of my research into the death care industry I read about the process of embalming. I remember the shock I had. After I read about it I knew embalming was not for me. I realize that not everyone will come to the same conclusion using the same set of data. That is fine. Each of us has a unique idea of what they might want to have done at the time of death. I encourage everyone to do the research and make the decision for the type of disposition of your body in death that fits with how you live. Waiting too long means that the decision made at the time of death might not fit the needs of your family. Very often a family who has no plan to follow chooses to do things that seem like the easiest thing to do. The easiest thing might not fit the needs of your family. There really is not a wrong way to plan a funeral unless you do not take the time to plan beforehand. One of the kindest acts we do for our families is to plan our funeral. That way our family members are not left having to wonder what to do at the time of your death.
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