Planning a Green Funeral at Mt Pleasant, SC Funeral Homes

Clients at Mt Pleasant, SC funeral homes have a lot of unique concerns when they walk in our doors, but one that comes up increasingly lately is concern for their impact the planned funeral or memorial will have on the environment. At McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation, we work with our clients to create unique and memorable green funerals. Here are a few of the ways you can incorporate your love for nature and the environment into the tribute you create for your loved one.


Natural Arrangements

The flower arrangements at the graveside and memorial are a memorable part of any funeral setting, but many clients are looking at alternatives to the traditional trimmed flowers. Living arrangements, such as flowering bushes, add a unique and rustic flair to the tributes that can then be planted around the gravesite or in a separate location for a long life. This is a great way to decorate the setting and contribute to the environment.


Fundraising for the Environment

Our digital support services are used by many clients to set up a fundraiser, either for funeral causes or for a cause close to the deceased and their family. When setting up your digital guestbook, it’s easy to choose a cause that contributes to the environment and ask for donations to that instead of flowers or other gifts. Many environmental charities support endangered species, forests, and oceans.


Plant-Based Menus

If you’re choosing to have a reception with food and drink, choosing the menu is a key part of funeral arrangements. While many clients choose to do home-made food, those who choose catering increasingly opt for plant-based menus. Not only are vegan dishes a good choice for people with special dietary needs, but they have a lower carbon footprint and are a good choice for anyone who wants to minimize environmental impact.


Grow the Environment

For clients who choose cremation, a pair of unique options let them lay their loved one to rest and transform the environment. Biodegradable cremation urns are designed to break down in the ground and release tree seeds, growing into a tree that incorporates the cremation ashes into a lasting memorial. Coral balls are an ocean-based receptacle that holds ashes while being built in a way that attracts sea life like coral, serving as host to an ecosystem of ocean creatures.


Outdoor Memorials

If you’re in an time of year blessed with good weather and lighting, holding a memorial service outside can add a natural flair to the ceremony and cut down on electricity costs. This is an ideal choice especially if your loved one was the outdoorsy type and if outdoor activities are planned. Instead of lighting a full room, you’ll only need a tent and natural lighting to hold a huge gathering in the great outdoors.


Want to know more about how funeral homes in Mt Pleasant, SC can help you arrange a green funeral? Contact McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation to set up a consultation today.

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