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Price of Passing away Part 3

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TWIN FALLS, IDAHO (KMVT-TV) In part 3 of the price of passing we look at alternatives. "Lot a talk right now about home funerals. This is where people can bury their own and handle their own family members who have died without any involvement of mortuaries.” It can and does happen, Loyal Perry with the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Idaho says people are getting more involved with their own burial services right down to the casket, which he built for about $90 and keeps in the basement. Perry said "I've planned a great deal of my own funeral, built my own casket, I've contacted the cemetery and said is it ok if my family brings me out, in my own casket without a mortuary involved and the answer is yes." if you don't feel like making your own casket? Then you can buy one right off of costco.com. And there are plenty of other websites you can find caskets that you can have shipped right to your door. In Idaho, depending on what county you live in, you don't have to be buried in a cemetery. Perry said "you can bury somebody in your own back yard." However, you do need to check with the governing body, whether its city or county. For example all you need in Jerome county is a special use permit to bury someone on say the farm. But there are conditions. Dennis Chambers the Twin Falls County Coroner said “if you bury a body in your back yard you have to disclose that body if you’re ever to sell the house." With more attention being paid to people’s impact on the earth, there are new trends towards green burials. The coroner went on to say "It’s just allowing people to participate as fully as they want with their end of life rituals and in a way that has minimal impact on the environment." Joe Sehee is part of the Green Burial Council that is present in about 40 states; it has yet to take hold in Idaho. But it is taking hold in mainstream funeral providers. He said "the funeral service industry realizes that there are a growing number of eco-conscious families that want to live and now die with a lighter hand on the land." Green cemeteries are starting to develop in pretty pristine areas around the country, not quite yet in Idaho, and they take place in areas that are pretty pristine desolate places. Sehee said that "instead of operating a cemetery in a conventional burial ground, the cemetery can actually be situated within a protected natural area, and that's really where the potential is with this idea. We can use burial as a new mechanism for acquiring, restoring and stewarding natural areas all over the country." In essence when you die you could actually push up daisies. "We haven't been able to push up very many Daises over the last 100 years. The way we've been, death care in this country since the late 1800's has really been about impeding the natural process of decay and regeneration." According to Sehee, a green burial is one of the few areas where going green doesn't cost a premium. It can actually save a person money. In Idaho it’s not required to be embalmed, you don't have to have a metal casket, and depending on the cemetery you do not need a vault. "People all over the world have funerals without doing arterial embalming and without using burial vaults and using very minimal burial containers. So we know they can be done, we just need to catch up with what the rest of the world has done."


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