There are many questions to ask when making Funeral Service arrangements.
Planning your own funeral arrangements is one way to ease the burden on your family. You can shop and compare goods and services without time constraints, and make your own decisions. As you shop, consider the answers to these questions:
1). What are you paying for? Are you buying only merchandise, like a casket or vault, or funeral services as well?
2). What happens to the money you paid? States have different requirements for handling funds paid in advance for funeral services.
3). What happens to the interest income on money you prepay?
4). Are you protected if the firm you dealt with goes out of business?
5). Can you cancel the contract and get a full refund if you change your mind about the items you’ve bought or the arrangements you’ve made?
6). What happens if you move or die while away from home?
What is a Green Burial?
A green burial is one in which the body is not embalmed. The burial container is made of biodegradable materials (soft wood, cardboard, wicker) or the body is wrapped in a shroud. There is no vault or cement grave liner, rather, the container or body is placed directly on the soil to biodegrade naturally. A headstone, if used, is fieldstone or made from indigenous material. Often times, families & friends choose to plant trees to mark the spot where their loved one has been laid to rest.
Massachusetts state law does not require a grave liner or vault. Cemeteries develop their own rules and regulations about the kind of burial that is allowable in their cemetery. Not all cemeteries in MA allow green burials although they are legal.