Elizabeth Fournier reading on May 19
Join us for an evening with Elizabeth Fournier on May 19. Elizabeth will be presenting on her new book, The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial. Following the discussion will be a Q&A, as well as a book signing.
Did you know that every year, conventional burials in the U.S. put 4.3 million gallons of embalming fluid (which contain carcinogenic formaldehyde) into the ground? Not only are green burials better for the earth and the environment, but they can reduce funeral costs as much as 80 percent.
Seventh generation mortician Elizabeth Fournier has written the guidebook we need for navigating the planning and executing of an affordable, environmentally friendly burial. People magazine recently said that Elizabeth is “…doing her part to change the way Americans bury their dead” and similar to how Caitlin Doughty of “Ask a Mortician” fame helped break open the secrets of the funeral industry, Elizabeth Fournier takes things one step further, empowering everyone to make more environmentally friendly and cost-effective choices in burial and cremation.
This practical guide takes readers through the whole green burial process (including cremation), giving a full range of options to consider. In the past, it would have taken an extensive internet search to gather all the information one might need to plan a legal green burial. Not any more. The Green Burial Guidebook has all your searches covered and shares information you may not have even thought of, such as how to lay a loved one to rest in your own backyard.
From the book: “Green burial may seem like an avant-garde choice, but in the not-too- distant past, we would keep our recently deceased loved one at home, buy a casket from the local general store, prepare a resting space in the backyard or churchyard, and then conduct the burial ourselves with some simple reflection and quiet dignity.”
Elizabeth Fournier, affectionately called “The Green Reaper,” is owner and operator of Cornerstone Funeral Services, outside of Portland, Oregon. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Burial Council, which sets the standard for green burial in North America. She lives on a farm with her husband, daughter and many goats. Find out more about her work at www.elizabethfournier.com.
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