Green Burial A Growing Trend in Huai'an
Huai'an City hosted its seventh public memorial ceremony on April 1, in the run up to Tomb-Sweeping Day, when participants used flowers, yellow ribbons and other environment-friendly means to remember the deceased.
The ceremony featured the use of green and civilized ways to recall the memory of those who passed away. A flower bed burial followed the ceremony for the family members of 14 people who died and were buried in degradable cremation urns with flowers and grass. In three months, the urns will become part of the soil and the dead will return to nature.
In recent years, more people have adopted the idea of green burials and accepted ecological sites such as under a lawn, with a tree or in a flower bed. In Huai'an, 135 people have to date chosen to be buried in the flower bed.