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Cremation is an eco-friendly option that provides an alternative to traditional burials. Unlike traditional burials, cremation results in no disturbed land. Discover some of the other advantages of cremation by checking out this infographic from a Chicago funeral home.
DIY Natural Home Funerals - legal in most states, you don't have to turn your deceased loved ones over to a funeral home immediately, you can care for them at home for three days (have any sort of ceremony or viewing you want) and bury them yourself or have them cremated. Sounds better and there's a greater historical precedent for this kind of thing, so I think it's more natural.
We didn't always have access to funeral homes. Often our loved ones were bought home. Many times a black wreath hung on the front door of the home. Folks would come to the home to pay their final respect to the family and the departed. Many times the living shared a meal and this became known as a"sit out." Although it is now illegal to have dead bodies at home, sit outs are still practiced in many southern black communities. Often times "sit outs" last more than a day or two.