Despite amazing advances in medical science and technology, the mortality rate for human beings stands at a whopping 100 percent. It’s a fact: All of us are going to die someday. Basic science has concluded that contemporary after-death procedures—embalming with noxious chemicals and outdated burial in upmarket caskets—aren’t too nature-friendly. These choices are ecologically damaging, and their lack of environment-positivity have triggered many in the funeral profession to change their ways.
At this Science on Tap, Eco-Mortician Elizabeth Fournier presents a reverent look at the mortuary science of green burial by reshaping the narrative around what we consider traditional burial practices.
Elizabeth Fournier owns and operates Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon, where she is affectionately known as the Green Reaper for her green burial advocacy. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Burial Council, the environmental certification organization setting the standard for green burial in North America. She is also the author of The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.