The launch of a new, ecologically-friendly funeral plan means, for the first time, people living anywhere in the UK will be able to pre-arrange and pre-pay for a green funeral service, helping to save the environment and relatives’ cash as funeral costs continue to soar.
Developed by Golden Leaves Funeral Plans in conjunction with eco-coffin manufacturer JC Atkinson, ‘The Ultimate Green Funeral Plan’ aims to meet a rising demand for tailored, ecologically responsible, pre-arranged funeral services.
While green funeral elements, such as biodegradable coffins, have been steadily gaining in popularity for several years, the new plan takes the concept a step further, offering several additional options: eco coffins, carbon rebalancing, woodland conservation, rain forest protection and the option to contribute to charitable ecological projects.
Funds are invested into the company’s Green Trust Fund, which places money in green and ethical investments.
As the cost of funerals continues to rise, purchasing a pre-paid plan guarantees funeral directors’ costs are frozen at today’s prices. This helps protect remaining family members from shouldering an extra financial burden at an already difficult time. Contributions to third-party costs such as cemetery or cremation fees and the purchase of a burial plot in a cemetery or woodland burial ground can be added to the plan if desired.
Barry Floyd of Golden Leaves Funeral Plans says, “The Ultimate Green Funeral Plan will allow you to say goodbye in a way that is kind to the environment and kind to those you leave behind. You can take comfort in the knowledge that every aspect of the funeral service has been carefully considered for its ethical correctness and environmental impact.”
A recent survey commissioned by Golden Leaves found that more than 40% of adults want to be buried or have their ashes scattered in the countryside, or in a natural woodland setting, rather than ending up in a typical graveyard.