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As we grow older, there can sometimes be problems within the extended family. In my family, the problems started when my brother got married. The moment his wife came into the picture, our family began falling apart. As time went by, we never saw my brother and his wife. Then, our grandfather passed away and everyone came home to say our final goodbyes. The day after the funeral, there was a big blowout between some of the family and it was devastating. It took some convincing, but I managed to talk everyone into attending a few family counseling sessions. I wouldn't say that everything is as it once was, but things are civil again. To find out what we are doing to heal our broken family, visit my website.

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Making Cremation More Environmentally Friendly

by Caitlin Lawrence

Cremation can be a good option for people who don't want the expense of a traditional burial or don't want their remains buried for any other reason. However, it can release a lot of greenhouse gases, as well as harmful chemicals like mercury from fillings, into the air. It also uses quite a bit of energy to power crematoriums for the length of time and high temperatures it takes to burn a body. Burial using an environmentally-friendly coffin may have less of an adverse effect on the environment, although the embalming fluid used to prepare the body is still released into the ecosystem with this method and lots of chemicals may be used to maintain the burial ground. However, the environmental impact of cremation can be minimized somewhat by taking a few steps.

Harness the Heat

Some crematoriums harness the heat from the crematoriums to heat nearby buildings and offices or install turbines to harness this energy and provide electricity. Thus, the overall impact of cremating bodies is decreased. The number of crematoriums that do this is still relatively few, but it wouldn't hurt to look into which of those near you is taking steps in this direction when choosing a cremation site.

Take Steps to Limit Pollution

People who aren't familiar with the cremation process may not realize that some sort of simple coffin is still required; they don't just toss the body into the oven by itself. While many people choose one made with veneered chipboard, choosing a coffin made of cardboard or solid pine or oak is a better way to limit pollution. Also, make sure the crematorium you choose has filters to prevent mercury from fillings escaping into the atmosphere along with the smoke from the creation. This is actually a real concern, as 16 percent of the mercury pollution in the UK comes from mercury-containing fillings being cremated along with the body.

Scatter Ashes Safely

While the ashes are ground into a fine enough powder to make it relatively safe to scatter them, you should still take some general precautions before doing so to limit any environmental impact. This means you shouldn't scatter them in or near water where people swim or fish or where drinking water comes from and that you don't go to areas with fragile ecosystems, such as mountain tops, to scatter the ashes. Also be sure to scatter the ashes thoroughly, as too much in one place can harm the plant life, just like too much fertilizer in one place, due to the composition of the remains.  

Talk with professional crematoriums, such as Wiebe & Jeske Burial & Cremation Care Providers, for more information on how to reduce the environmental impact of cremation. 

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