Eco friendly funeral options

Earth-Friendly Options at Newcomer Funeral Home Casper, WY

You spent your life caring for the Earth, but you might not know that there are ways that you can continue this commitment at the end of life.

More people today are choosing Earth-friendly funeral and cremation products and services. This can take the form of a biodegradable casket or urn, burial in a natural cemetery or burial preserve, or scattering in a favorite natural area. We can explain these options to you and help you make your selections.

Green Funerals at Newcomer Funeral Home Casper, WY

Green, or eco-friendly funerals are becoming more popular and easier to obtain. They traditionally include a simple burial of an unembalmed body in a biodegradable casket.

example of a biodegradable eco-casket

Some environmentally conscious families who do not wish to use chemicals such as formaldehyde choose to have their loved one embalmed using non-toxic chemicals instead. With this choice, they can still have a visitation, allowing friends and family the opportunity to say a final goodbye.

Green funerals tend to be informal gatherings of friends and family members in a natural setting.

Green or eco-friendly funerals at Newcomer Funeral Home Casper, WY

Biodegradable Urns at Newcomer Funeral Home Casper, WY

When you choose cremation, you have many green options for cremation urns.

You may choose a biodegradable urn for ground or water burial.

Biodegradable urns can be made of salt, clay, and paper.

These urns will naturally decay over a period of days for water burial or a few months for urns placed in the ground.

Examples of biodegradable urns

Natural burial methods at Newcomer Funeral Home Casper, WY

Natural burial is a method of laying a body to rest in a manner which minimizes the impact on the environment.

Traditional methods of burial, which include embalming and the use of metal caskets and vaults are not used in natural burial. Instead, the body is allowed to return to the earth naturally in a biodegradable casket or covering. Simple, flat grave markers are normally used.

Natural burial can take place in dedicated natural burial preserves, in cemeteries with special natural sections, and on private land, complying with local laws.

Burial preserves are maintained as natural prairie and forest areas, and not mowed and treated with chemicals. These areas are becoming more common throughout the country. Click here to find the natural burial preserve nearest to you.


Warren J. “Ren” Newcomer, Jr. is a licensed funeral director in the states of Kansas and Ohio. Theresa Newcomer is not a licensed funeral director. Kim Manchego, Managing Funeral Director.
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