Regardless of the choice for after death care selected, there are four basic tasks that will need to be performed between death and burial. These include:
You do not have to take on responsibility for these tasks yourself. Funeral Service Providers will generally honor your choice to have a green burial and can assist you with the four basic tasks listed above.
Green Funeral Handbook for Funeral Directors
Another alternative is to engage the services of an end of life doula to assist with all aspects of death and dying. Visit the website of Bonnie Evans, a local doula in Bristol RI, for an overview of the types of services offered.
If you do wish to take on the responsibility for these tasks, several on-line resources are available that will help you to understand the laws pertaining to after-death care in Rhode Island.
Burial & Cremation Laws in Rhode Island
Arranging a Funeral or Cremation in Rhode Island
Making Funeral Arrangements in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Home Funeral Laws
A variety of appropriate funeral products are on display at Prudence Memorial Park, including wooden coffins and caskets made by a local craftsman. More examples are available on-line (see GBC Certified Product Providers). The following local Funeral Service Providers also have a selection of eco-friendly caskets and urns available:
When a loved one dies it is difficult enough to cope with that loss without the added stress of trying to guess what their wishes for final disposition might be. For the sake of your loved ones, please write down and share your wishes so others do not have to make these difficult decisions for you - a process which, sadly, can become contentious if your wishes are not laid out clearly.
Many resources exist for documenting your personal preferences for end-of-life care and final disposition. A brief internet search or personal contact with a funeral service provider will offer examples. Alternatively, you can use a fill‐in worksheet developed by the Green Burial Council to define goals, indicate preferences and choices, and identify persons designated to complete an individual’s final wishes by clicking on the link below.
Careful thought and planning won't do any good if your loved ones don't know what you want when the time comes.