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Why can’t all caskets start a conversation from the heart?

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From our first custom coffin we have found that a custom coffin is the most talked about aspect of the funeral service.

Families and funeral professionals tell us that the personalised coffin starts conversations that reach far beyond the awkward “I am sorry about your loss”  that accompanies the use of a traditional coffin.

For the families the conversations begin before the funeral service. The process of selecting photos and creating the design means that families begin to recall the special times and personal moments.

 

Why aren’t all coffins enviromentally friendly?

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Don’t you find it strange that in a world concerned about the effects of emissions on the habitability of our planet we insist on using coffins that produce more emissions than the body that they hold?

Can you tell the difference between the low emission coffin in the picture and the high emission clunker you saw at the last funeral service?

Most people can’t tell the difference.  Research shows that most people want to be able to make the choice for the environment, especially if there is no disadvantage in appearance, quality or cost.  So why aren’t all coffins friendly to our environment?

Driving the change for cremation

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In virtually each country world wide cremation rates are increasing.  Some steadily, whilst other countries have significant growth
So what is creating this change- key factors are cited as
  • The shortage of land in the world’s major cities is driving up land prices and hence the cost of burials.  This makes the financial decision easy for many people: they simply cannot afford the higher cost of burial.
  • Changes in religious views are reflecting the underlying economic and ecological reality
  • Changes in social structure of families and communities mean that there is less demand  for permanent monuments to visit
  • Environmental consciousness is increasing for all life’s choices and products
  • Emission regulations are increasing and more demanding
  • Government mandating of cremation is increasing in highly populated areas
  • Aesthetic improvements and increased services in cremation facilities

What do you believe is driving the change?

Do recycled materials offer genuine benefits to the environment?

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A recurring debate in waste and resources management is the extent to which the recycling of materials offers genuine benefits to the environment. Critics assert that the act of recycling have little or no benefit to the environment, suggesting that more energy may be used in getting materials to the recycling facility than is saved by the process of recycling.

As LifeArt products are made from recycled fibre this is a debate we are passionate about discussing and referencing leading research.  One such report is that from  WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme: UK)

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Welcome to The LifeArt Way blog

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Welcome to the LifeArt blog.  We are keen to share our thoughts with you,  and hear your views and experience.  The funeral industry is under radical change as families express a need for more personalised funerals.  It is imperative that every industry focusses on environmental practices that minimise its impact on our planet.

I am sure there will be a lot of news and ideas to share, and we will look forward to your opinions.

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