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Greening Death: Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to the Earth

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We once disposed of our dead in earth-friendly ways--no chemicals, biodegradable containers, dust to dust. But over the last 150 years death care has become a toxic, polluting, and alienating industry in the United States.

Today, people are slowly waking up to the possibility of more sustainable and less disaffecting death care, reclaiming old practices in new ways, in a
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ebook, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published August 27th 2015)
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Eli
My friend recommended this book to me, claiming it'd changed her life--not a phrase she uses lightly. She is also a professional death-worker, so for her to say this book changed the way she looks at death practices in the westernized world is no small matter. So I went into the reading with high expectations--maybe too high.

I agree with most of what the book has to say, but in some places I don't think it goes far enough in her proposals for how we can use green burial to start to heal wounded
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Maura
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My 5-star rating is more related to my enthusiasm for the topic then it is specifically about the writing style, etc. of the author. I was very interested throughout because we, as a human race, but more pointedly the western world, need to re-claim our rights to green burials and all that this may mean to a family and individual. This is an important book to encourage conversation and change. I am so enthused that I've invited Foxfield Preserve (Ohio) to give a presentation at EcoWeekend 2020!
Karen
I'm very interested in green burial practices and in reforming our ridiculous system of toxic embalming, concrete enclosures, and fear of the earth's natural processes. But this book is such a clunky read; in an effort at 'academic' writing, the author uses convoluted language and buries clear, simple ideas under the weight of unnecessary words. It should really be given two stars, if not for the timely subject matter. I hope there is or soon will be another book on this topic, because I don't ...more
Sylvia
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting but wordy and dry.
Krista Stevens
Interesting, informative, current and historical perspective on our burial practices. Given the state of our environment today, this is an important topic all should consider since the disposal of our bodies is something we might want to be thoughtful about.
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