The Washington State Ferry system offers memorial at sea services on the following routes: Seattle/Bremerton Seattle/Bainbridge  Edmonds/Kingston Anacortes/Friday Harbor Mukilteo/Clinton Port Townsend/Coupeville – Summer only    The ferry will slow to allow the release of a biodegradable urn and for a floral tribute to be strewn on the water. At the captain’s discretion, the horn may…

A Green Burial-A Video. In this video about Green, or natural burial, a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat is explored.

A Family Plot In this story from the New York Times, Steven Petrow describes how a trip to find a family burial site helped him and his father finally speak the same language about their own mortality

Dragonfly’s Eye: Instructions for my Funeral Marie Eaton I have often thought that after death, we just become part of the larger great spirit, and there have been moments in my life where it seems the fabric between here and the beyond rips open, and we are given a glimpse. One such time led me…

By Marilyn Lewis Environmental and financial worries are just two of the many forces reshaping funeral practices Jay Castaño, who works at a Washington, D.C. public charter school, spoke for a growing number of Americans as he explained his funeral plans to The Washington Post: “I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a…

By Marilyn Lewis Green burials, cremation, funeral pyres and family preparation of a body. Here’s help and information on the new ways of mourning loss and saying goodbye Americans increasingly are choosing alternatives to the modern tradition of a mortuary embalming and cemetery burial. Green burials, cremation, home funerals and even family preparation of a…