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Burial

Burial, also known as internment, is the method of placing a deceased body into the ground. Humans have buried their dead since ancient times, and this has been a practical option for millennia.

Burial alternatives

While traditional burials are still a common way to lay a loved one to rest, you have many options to consider. Burial alternatives offer a similar focus on remembrance and honoring your loved one, but the body isn't buried within the ground. Examples of burial alternatives are donation, cryonics, space burials, cremation, and even green burial. This is a highly personal choice, and it's a way to share your legacy.

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Green burials

While traditional burials are costly and take a toll on the environment, green burials offer a new alternative. In a green burial, the body is placed into the earth naturally, without the use of a metal casket or burial vault. The purpose of a green burial is to allow the body to naturally return to earth, similar to how humans were buried in ancient times. This is a more affordable, eco-friendly choice.

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Religious & cultural burial traditions

There's much you can learn about a culture from their traditions around death and dying. Burial is an important way to say goodbye to loved ones in many parts of the world, and each culture has its own ways to honor the dead. From special prayers to wakes, these customs are a way for families to get the support they need while expressing grief over their loss.

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All Articles about Burial

Embalming: Everything You Need to Know

By Jasmine Tanguay, BA, MS

7 Facts About Your Green Burial Options

By Jasmine Tanguay, BA, MS

Cremation vs. Burial: Pros, Cons & Cost of Each

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

Graveside Burial Services: What to Expect & How to Plan

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How Mushroom Burial Suits Work: Process, Cost + Eco-Friendliness

By Adam Waltner, BA in Creative Writing & American Literature

Amish Funerals: Customs & What to Expect

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

13+ Graveside Service Scriptures and Committal Prayers

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Caskets vs. Coffins: 11 Differences to Know

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How to Buy a Cemetery Plot in Advance: Step-By-Step

By Minda Powers-Douglas, BA in English

12 Popular Casket Types & Styles Explained

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What’s a Bier for a Casket? And What’s Its Purpose?

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How Much Does a Casket Usually Weigh?

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education