How Hospices Can Support Families Seeking Green Burials

Posted January 4, 2023

Hospices can assist terminally ill patients and their families who have questions about “green” burial options by connecting them with services like death doulas or by educating staff on those practices.

According to a National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) survey, 60.5% of respondents indicated that they would be interested in exploring natural funeral options, a rise from 55.7% in 2021.  The reasons given were based on cost savings and environmental benefits.4

“I’ve definitely seen a growing trend of natural burials really appealing to a lot of people who are on hospice,” Lee Webster, director of NH Funeral Resources, Education and & Advocacy told Hospice News. “A lot of people on hospice services want to run the whole spectrum of that holistic care and tend to be more open to the idea. They are finding a different way to do the disposition, recognizing that natural burials are less expensive than the traditional funeral burial or cremation services most of the time.”

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