Extended Research

In preparing to make Green Endings available to the public, we spent a lot of time researching the currently available information on a range of environmental matters relating to funerals and memorialisations.

If you would like to check our results and conclusions, here is some bibliographical information that will help you check our sources.

Environmental benefits of foregoing or avoiding embalming

  • Chiappelli, J & Chiappelli, T 2008, ‘Drinking Grandma: The Problem of Embalming’, Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 71, no. 5, pp 24-28.
  • Feagan, R 2007, ‘Death to Life: Towards My Green Burial’, Ethics, Place and Environment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp 157-175.
  • Spongberg, A. L. & Becks, P. M. 2000, ‘Inorganic Soils Contamination from Cemetery Leachate’, Water, Air and Soil Pollution, vol. 117, no. 1-4, pp 313-327.

The benefits of environmentally friendly coffins

  • Feagan, R 2007, ‘Death to Life: Towards My Green Burial’, Ethics, Place and Environment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp157-175.
  • Keijzer, E. E. & Kok, H. J. G 2011, ‘Environmental impact of different funeral technologies’, TNO Report (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), Alternatives Journal 2008, ‘Burial Out of the Box’, vol. 34, no. 1, p 6.
  • Spongberg, A. L. & Becks, P. M. 2000, ‘Inorganic Soils Contamination from Cemetery Leachate’, Water, Air and Soil Pollution, vol. 117, no. 1-4, pp 313-330.

The benefits of natural burial grounds

  • Feagan, R 2007, ‘Death to Life: Towards My Green Burial’, Ethics, Place and Environment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp 157-175.
  • Monaghan, A 2009, ‘Conceptual niche management of grassroots innovation for sustainability: The case of body disposal practices in the UK, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, vol. 76, no. 8 pp 1026-1043.
  • Sehee, J (2011), ‘Think Outside the Box’, U.S. Catholic, vol. 76, no. 11, pp 26-28.

Rising consumer choice for environmental funeral options

  • Feagan, R 2007, ‘Death to Life: Towards My Green Burial’, Ethics, Place and Environment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp 157-175.
  • Sehee, J (2011), ‘Think Outside the Box’, U.S. Catholic, vol. 76, no. 11, pp 26-28.
  • Stowe, J. P, Schmidt, E. V & Green, D 2001, ‘Toxic Burials: The Final Insult’, Conservation Biology, vol. 15, no. 6 pp 1817-1819.

An environmentally friendly funeral may be more affordable than traditional one

  • Chiappelli, J & Chiappelli, T 2008, ‘Drinking Grandma: The Problem of Embalming’, Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 71, no. 5, pp 24-28.
  • Feagan, R 2007, ‘Death to Life: Towards My Green Burial’, Ethics, Place and Environment, vol. 10, no. 2, pp 157-175.
  • Sehee, J (2011), ‘Think Outside the Box’, U.S. Catholic, vol. 76, no. 11, pp 26-28.
  • Stowe, J. P, Schmidt, E. V & Green, D 2001, ‘Toxic Burials: The Final Insult’, Conservation Biology, vol. 15, no. 6 pp 1817-1819.
  • Conceptual niche management of grassroots innovation for sustainability: The case of body disposal practices in the UK Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Vol 76 (Issue 8), pp 1026-1047.

Further reading

  • Inorganic Soils Contamination from cemetery leachate Water, air and soil pollution, 117, pp 313-327
  • Environmental impact of different funeral technologies August 2011.
  • Environment International journal, Toxic emissions from crematories: A review Received 16 July 2009, Accepted 17 September 2009, Available online 12 October 2009.
  • Burial out of the box Alternatives Journal, 2008, Vol.34 Issue 1, P.6-6, 2/3p.
  • Environment International journal, Toxic emissions from crematories: A review Received 16 July 2009, Accepted 17 September 2009, Available online 12 October 2009.