Death is part of life and though its something most of us want to avoid as long as possible – eventually we all must face it. On this programme, our topic is Natural Funerals. The decisions that we make around how we manage the funerals of our loved ones are very personal and everyone should to be respected for their choices.
Its something I have a lot of interest in. I’ve played an active role in the group Dunedin Advocates for Natural Burials since it was initiated in 2010. As a result of our and others efforts – and importantly the enthusiasm, cooperation and leadership from the Dunedin City Council – we now have a natural burial site here in Dunedin situated at Green Park near Brighton. It feels pretty good to know that at the end I have a place to go where I will return to feed the soil and the native tree that will be planted on top of me!
Here on Eco-Living in Action we did a show on 26th June 2014 on the topic of natural burials in Dunedin with Dunedin Advocates for Natural Burials – with guests Elizabeth Thompson and Elizabeth Duke. You can check out this show this site. There are some photos displayed showing the Green Park site.
In this programme, I speak by phone to Lynda Hannah from Motueka about some of the key aspects of NATURAL FUNERALS.
Lynda is Director of Living Legacies, a natural funeral company, that offers a sustainable, holistic and celebratory approach to life, death and funerals. Her service includes guidance and support through the process of planning, arranging and co-ordinating an eco-friendly funeral and the care and disposition of the body. She also provides advice on eco-friendly options like biodegradable coffins, as well as a counseling service.
To listen to this programme about Natural Funerals please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=49183d99-ba0b-42bc-a67a-c73424f358d3
To find out more about
- Living Legacies – go to http://www.livinglegacies.co.nz
- Hannah’s book – Living Legacies: A family funeral handbook for an evergreen world.
- The benefits of natural burials go to http://www.naturalburials.co.nz and http://www.goodfuneralguide.co.nz
This programme was originally broadcast on the 28th May 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.