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Aloha Michelle,. This is T. I've thought about you a lot these weeks. I've been wanting to send you a message. I hope I expressed enough to you that day how good my Dad looked. I hope you understood me. That may sound like a strange statement. But I must acknowledge it again. I know his condition and what he looked like and you did God's work to make him look so good and peaceful. No signs of brusing or trauma. But not fake looking, Nothing scary or off putting which was so important for our children. So they were able to approach closely with me and pray with me. What you did for my dear Dad and for our family was truly God's work. It helped me so much. You are touching people in such a deep and meaningful way during their saddest times. There are few people, professions where you can have such a deep impact on people in such a short time. You could spend a lifetime with someone and still never touch them deeply the way you did me and our family in a matter of just a few days. I just feel it's so important that you know the job you are doing is the right one. You are honoring our loved ones in such an amazing way. The way it should be. I'm so blessed God lead me to you and Bodhi. I truly can't imagine using a traditional funeral home. It would have been terrible. You both made an overwhelming, unbearable situation memorable in a good positive way. I still feel very sad when I think back to that day of course but I do not have any negative feelings about it. It was beautiful. Incredibly sad but beautiful. I send you a heartfelt thank you for your compassion and for willing to do this special kind of work. For caring for my dear Dad so gently and with love and light while doing so. I can never thank you enough. God bless you both.
Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the US bury approx.:
827,000 gallons of embalming fluid, containing formaldehyde (formalein)
30 million board feet of tropical hardwoods
104,000 tons of steel
2,700 tons of copper and bronze
1,600,000 tons of concrete
There are approx. 2 million acres of cemeteries in the US
The current cemetery model takes land out of the public domain forever,
For one single purpose.
The average funeral costs $6,000 in the US
not including the casket and burial plot.
THE DEATHSTORE obtained certification as a 3-leaf provider by meeting the most stringent Green Burial Council standards for funeral home certification which include: accommodating home vigils without embalming, offering families the option of a public viewing without embalming, carrying at least three approved burial containers, and making available the sanitation, preservation and restoration of a decedent using only non-invasive techniques and materials.
The Green Burial Council is an independent, tax-exempt, non-profit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable death care and the use of green burial as a new means of protecting natural areas.
There are approximately 300 Green Burial Council approved providers in North America. (www.greenburialcouncil.org)
Think Cremation is more environmentally friendly?
North America uses enough fossil fuel for cremation to drive you halfway to the sun! According to the United Nations 0.2% of global dioxin and furan emissions are produced by cremation. Cremation emits into the atmosphere: carbon monoxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, NM VOCs as well as other heavy metals and organic pollutants.