Summary New World Library says, "Funeral expenses in the United States average more than $10,000. And every year conventional funerals bury millions of tons of wood, concrete, and metals, as well as millions of gallons of carcinogenic embalming fluid. There is a better way, and Elizabeth Fournier, affectionately dubbed the “Green Reaper,” walks you through it, step-by-step."
About the Author New World Library says "Elizabeth Fournier is the owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, the first green funeral home in the Portland metropolitan area."
From the video transcript:
"My name is Cheri Wolf and I'm the founder of Natural Grace Funerals, and we are a funeral home here covering the Los Angeles area offering exclusively environmentally-friendly death care options for families. Green burial or natural burial, which is often an interchangeable term is in its practical sense a way for us to care for our dead and allowing the body to go back to the earth in a simple natural fashion with minimal environmental impact. The biggest difference between what we do at natural grace and conventional funeral services is that we do not embalm the bodies so the bodies."
Going Green: Your Last Heroic Act of Volunteerism | Elizabeth Fournier | TEDxSalemy
From the video description:
"Do you know that the last heroic act of volunteerism is? Have you thought about the best way to protect the environment when you leave this world? Elizabeth Fournier has, and she wants to share it with you. Elizabeth Fournier is the owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring Oregon. Fournier is known for blazing a trail in environmentally friendly burials. She wrote two books on the topic, The Green Burial Guidebook" and "The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-Mortician."
Burying Granny In The Garden With Elizabeth Fournier
From the video transcript:
"Really what's happening is your plants and your grass is getting this wonderful boost from that loved one and all goodness. So it's really a real positive thing, but we're a society that's seen lots of horror movies, and I think people sometimes hold on to the fear that's something really negative is gonna happen, because grannie might be in the garden, and I think we're just now slowly getting past realizing that that's not much of a reality. It means like with zombie apocalypse won't happen if you have grannies buried in there in your garden. You know she won't suddenly jump I hope it will protect you."
From the video transcript:
“Hi and thanks for tuning in to the path 11 podcast. I am your host April Hanna. At the path 11 podcast we are here trying to deliver leading edge research on consciousness, healing, and metaphysics. And just like you we are trying to answer the big questions about life, who are we, why are we here, and what is our purpose? We hope by listening to our podcast it will make each day you live on earth a little easier to understand, and now for today's podcast. Hey everyone! We have an awesome show for you today! I'm really excited, so we're gonna be talking a little bit more about death- one of my favorite topics, and I'm curious to know if any of you who are listening have actually thought about how you might be buried? How do you want your body to return back to the earth? And if you are someone who is environmentally conscious and you are trying to go more green in the world, this is gonna be the show for you, because we are gonna be talking about the green burials, and who we have on our show today is the seventh generation mortician Elisabeth Fournier, also nicknamed the Green Reaper! She has written the guide book we need for navigating, the planning, and executing of an affordable environmentally friendly burial in her newly released book The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable Environmentally Friendly Burial.”
From what I can tell, I think The Green Burial Guidebook does a wonderful job of fulfilling its mission to "opens your eyes to all the choices that are available to you when it comes to funerals and burials" and to "see that it’s possible to lower costs and lower impacts while still creating a beautiful send-off for the person who has passed."
I had not considered this matter too much, but it has been thoroughly enlightening to read this book and learn how much is involved with burials and funerals.
I appreciated how the book was organized, and I especially liked how Elizabeth Fournier explained the purpose of her book and what the reader ought to get out of each chapter in her Introduction. I love it when authors make good introductions, because it's kind of like an instruction manual on how to read and understand a book. The book was organized into two Parts- one on what a green burial is and another on how to do green burials. These two parts were broken down into chapters that went into more specific details. I liked that this book started out explaining what a green burial is, because it sets a strong foundation for the rest of the material that she goes on to present. I didn't have a clear idea what a green burial was until now. I also appreciated Chapter 2 a lot, because it talked about a variety of green burial practices from then and now, which helped to open my eyes to what options are out there. Part 2 was more technical, but still very enjoyable. It explained a lot of the intricacies and details to consider when planning and doing a green burial. There was a lot more to think about than I had imagined before was involved with burials. Part 2 has chapters on making plans, legal considerations, where burials can happen, and so much more. The organization within the chapters themselves was impeccable, too, because each chapter is broken into sections that have nice succint titles that clue you into what you ought to get from it. This makes reading it so much easier, and it makes the book a good reference source in the future. And at the end of the book, it has a wonderful collection of endnotes, resources, and burial grounds, which make it a better reference, too! (Oh! And one other thing! I loved all the blurbs throughout the book that were tips and fun information)
Elizabeth did a great job of weaving together useful information, personal anecdotes, and outside stories. I felt that the majority of the book was told as useful information backed up by personal anecdotes and outside stories. The presentation of these events makes it clear that the author has a lot of experience in doing green burials, which makes it easier to trust the information that is being shared. The personal acedotes and outside stories also add character to the guidebook, which I appreciated a lot. It made the guidebook a pleasurable and faster read, which can sometimes be hard to find in most manuals and gudies.
I also liked the full-circleness of the book, because it just grounds the book. I find that it fulfills the spiritual aspect behind green burials very well, with every consideration that she explains about the burial process.
Overall, I think The Green Burial Guidebook is an awesome read and a great resource for anyone thinking about having a green burial!