It’s no secret that Oregonians hold our environment in high regard. For many of us, incorporating practices that help preserve our state’s water, air and land have become ingrained into our daily routine. But what are our eco-friendly options when it comes to end-of-life? In this workshop, participants will learn about options for the ultimate act of environmental volunteerism—green burial.
Presenter Elizabeth Fournier is a veteran mortician and author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally-Friendly Burial. We will cover the history, regulations and current practices in green burial, suggest strategies for facilitating discussions about preferences and decisions with patients and families, and will introduce the newer practice of aqua cremation. Ample time will be reserved for participant questions.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
-Understand the history, regulations and current practices of green burial
-Have a comprehensive concept of the best ways to add eco-friendly aspects to their chosen funeral and or burial choices
-Comfortably discuss personal after-death care preferences with clients and others
-Discuss caring for a body at home after death and support decisions about what ways, if any, they would like to involve a funeral home
-Articulate information about aqua cremation, which is newly available in the Portland metropolitan area