Tag Archives: Green Burial

Is Alkaline Hydrolysis Good for the Environment?

An interview with Philip Olson, Part Two

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Philip Olson, an assistant professor of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech. Olson researches bioethics and environmental ethics, analyzing society’s complex relationship with new technologies. He has a particular interest in the study of alkaline … Continue reading

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What Is the Current State of the Funeral Home Industry? An Interview with Glenda Sheffield: Part Two

A funeral home director gives her thoughts on green burials and talks about new directions her business is going

Welcome to Part Two of our interview with Glenda Sheffield. (You can find Part One here.) Glenda is the founder, owner and Senior Director of Sheffield Funeral Home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been in the funeral home industry in … Continue reading

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What is the Current State of the Funeral Home Industry? An Interview with Glenda Sheffield, Part One

A funeral home director offers her thoughts about the funeral home industry and its changing landscape

Today SevenPonds speaks with Glenda Sheffield. She is the founder, owner and Senior Director of Sheffield Funeral Home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has been in the funeral home business in one capacity or another for more than 30 years. Included … Continue reading

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Cremation Rates Exploding In The United States

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial for its environmental and economic benefits

In 1960, about 3.6 percent of the population opted for cremation. However, that number has risen steadily ever since. The Cremation Association of North America reports that in 2014, the national cremation rate reached 46.7 percent. That’s an astounding 1211.80 percent … Continue reading

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What is an Undertaker? An Interview with Patrick McNally, Part One

A funeral director gives his unique perspective on end-of-life rituals

Today, SevenPonds is speaking with Patrick McNally, the outspoken and creative  funeral director behind the blog The Daily Undertaker, which explores ritual and art surrounding death and dying. In this first installment of our interview, Patrick reveals his honest insight into the funeral … Continue reading

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A New Concept in Green Burials

A Brooklyn, New York company is developing a "mushroom suit" to be worn after death

A New York-based company, Coeio, is experimenting with a new concept in green burials — mushrooms — or more specifically, a “mushroom suit.” According to company cofounders Jae Rhim Lee and Michael Ma, the suit and other burial products Coeio … Continue reading

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