Green Funeral Services
Cemeteries are recognising this growing demand in our society and are setting aside areas for green funerals in Melbourne.Besides the provision of a green burial site, there are other green funeral options, one could choose to have an eco-friendly funeral.
In place of a traditional coffin and shroud, a biodegradable casket and covering can be used instead. You can also opt to have no headstone or request for a natural marker such as a newly planted tree.
Overall, having a green funeral is based on the principle of making as little negative impact on the natural environment as possible and we at Potter’s Field Funerals are ever ready to discuss the best solutions towards planning a green funeral in Melbourne.
In the same way as we support all the varied requirements of long practised cultural traditions, our team is happy to accommodate and facilitate our clients’ green funeral plans within the Statutory Guidelines of the Law in Victoria governing the Funeral Industry.
It is so important that the wishes of the deceased are respected and carried out and also that the needs of those who mourn their loss are met.
Speak to us about the various ways we provide eco-friendly funeral services that have minimal impact to the environment. Green funeral choices are location-specific in Victoria.
A single service is where the entire proceedings take place at one location, such as a church or chapel (or other venue) without following onto a second location. This means that the cremation or burial takes place privately following the service. Family and friends may wish to move onto a secondary location for a wake or celebration, but this does not require the attendance of funeral staff.
A dual service takes place at two locations, such as a church or chapel (or other venue) followed by an attended graveside burial or witnessed cremation. In the case of burial, the initial service will be followed by a formal cortege to a graveside location where the final words of committal and laying to rest of the deceased takes place with loved ones present. In the case of a witnessed cremation, a selected number of family and friends may follow the hearse to the crematorium to witness the cremation after the service has taken place.
A graveside service consists of a simple ceremony provided directly at the graveside. There is no formal service held prior in a chapel or other location. A service at the graveside is usually smaller in attendance and shorter in duration, as it is usually a requirement for the attendees to be standing for the entire service and may be held in inclement weather. Although less formal than a church or chapel ceremony, it can still contain all the elements of tradition service such as eulogies, music and prayer. A graveside service is usually concluded with a ceremonial sand or flower offering atop of the lowered coffin.
A witnessed cremation can be held as either a standalone service or following on from a single service or even precede a memorial service. This requires the booking of a private room in the crematorium where a small number of attendees can gather for a short period of time to say farewell in their own way and watch as the coffin is placed into the cremator.
A private cremation or burial is held when there is no formal funeral service; only funeral staff will be in attendance. Family may or may not choose to have some type of ceremony at a later date.
A memorial service is usually held after the cremation or burial has taken place (with or without the cremated remains present). There are a number of reasons for choosing a memorial service;
- It allows family to personalise their farewell in their own way.
- It can allow family more time to make the right decisions in regards to the final farewell of their loved one, without the added pressure of laying the deceased to rest.
- It may be the wishes of deceased that their body not be present, or the wishes of the remaining family, for their own reasons.
- The decision may also be a financial one. Without having to employ the services of a funeral director to hold a formal service, families can save money by only engaging the services of a funeral director to assist with a direct cremation or burial and the required documentation.
At Potter’s Field Funerals, we’re here to provide assistance with any preparatory arrangements for eco funeral and memorial services. Our services include helping you organise your own memorial services, booking your memorial service, and providing staff on the day to assist with the event.