Thank you for supporting the family through the preparation phase of Mum’s funeral and at the service itself. We were very pleased with the dignity of the arrangements and the staff assisting were most helpful. Please accept our sincere thanks.
Just a short note to thank you sincerely for the excellent funeral service you were able to conduct for my mother. The team was very professional and caring, and the day was relatively stress free, thanks to your efforts. Thanks again for a job well done.
Eco funerals are perfect for those concerned about the environmental footprint they leave behind. At Hetherington Funerals in Perth, we can arrange several types of eco-friendly funerals to minimise the environmental impact of one’s passing.
What Is an Eco-Friendly Funeral?
It’s important to note that there are several types of eco-friendly funerals and burials, and that you or your loved one aren’t limited in any way when it comes to saying farewell. While in the strictest sense, environmentally responsible funerals use all-natural products and the most minimal amount of materials for the final disposal of the body, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a more traditional funeral ceremony.
Most eco burials use a natural timber (including willow, bamboo and wicker) or cardboard coffin, which is untreated and free of any unnatural substances, like plastic lining, which won’t break down over time. Another popular option is to be buried in a shroud to further minimise the environmental impact of one’s passing. Environmentally friendly burials generally also use minimal machinery.
Natural Burial Site
If you choose an eco-burial, you’ll also need to select a natural burial site. These sites differ according to the landscape, with most looking just like bushland or a natural park, free of tombstones and statues. Burial sites are unmarked and families visiting the burial sites of their loved ones generally need to use a map.
When you choose the caring team at Hetherington Funerals to make funeral arrangements for you or a loved one, your options include Natural Earth Burials at Fremantle Cemetery, a tranquil final resting place.
Cremations aren’t the most eco-friendly funeral option available, however, the environmental impact can be minimised by opting for a biodegradable urn, of which options include paper, fibre and seed urns. It’s also possible to ‘scatter’ ashes’ in Australia, however, depending on the intended location, permission may be required.
An increasingly popular eco-friendly option, water cremation involves a chemical process called ‘alkaline hydrolysis’. The body is inserted into a stainless-steel capsule and filled with water to replicate the natural decomposition process. There is zero pollution with this environmentally-sound funeral option.
Along with eco funerals, we can also assist you with a range of complementary services, which include chapel and church services, and assistance with all paperwork, permits and certificates. Contact Hetherington Funerals in Perth for further information on our eco-friendly burial services on 08 6147 5008.
Assisting You With Complimentary Services
Naturally, there are many other aspects that need to be considered when organising a funeral for your loved one. At Hetherington Funerals, we can assist you in organising all or some of the following complimentary services according to your wishes.
- Paperwork, Permits & Certificates
- Selecting a Coffin or Casket
- Funeral & Death Notices
- Monument Works at the Cemetery
- Embalming or Body Prep
- Chapel or Church Services
- Clergy or Celebrant
- DVD Slideshow
- Professional Video
- Mourning Coach