Green Burials can be a final gift to the world

Posted on April 8, 2019 by MayFuneral under Blog Posts
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Green burials are a way to transition onto the next life, beginning here in this world. For some, it can be a spiritual pursuit, for others it’s a practical solution. Either way, it’s a means of giving back to the world as they leave it. Green burials can be a gift that grows and continues to give long after you depart from the world. It grants the opportunity to live on in another form or, in the least, attempt to replace the life lost with another. It can give some closure to those close to the deceased, offering some solace by allowing them to continue being part of their life. Green burials can be a meaningful legacy, a great kindness, and in times like these, it would do our environment good.

Green burials are a wonderful way to commemorate the dead and honor them. Allowing one’s last action to be a humanitarian effort is impactful and brave. It may give comfort to those passing to know that even with their death, they can still give. It offers a different approach to death, abandoning the bitter notion that it is an expiration and embracing it as a transformation. Green burials offer various creative methods that can be as personalized as the deceased or their loved ones wish. The green burial can be in the form of a cremation and placement in a biodegradable urn, which is buried in the ground, it can be in a casket of wicker, bamboo or pine. The ashes can even be mixed with concrete and placed at sea in an “eternal reef ball”. These methods allow the body to return naturally as an act of recycling one’s body and putting it forth into the earth for another use after their time on the Earth has ended. This is also a more cost-efficient solution as wicker or bamboo are cheaper than steel or finished wood. It also conserves more of these precious natural resources. Moreover, green burials can be modified to meet the requirements of certain religions.

Green burials can be a coping mechanism for the fear that comes with death. It can be a final gift to loved ones and even strangers rather than have them visit the grim scene of a grave, it can be a symbol of life with flowers growing instead of decaying. Tributes from loved ones can be planted and live on. It can be a gentle scene of death changing how we think about it in our day to day lives and taking some stress out of planning for death by allowing in a positive consideration of helping the earth and people living on it for generations to come. Green burials can lessen the grief, anxiety of loss and pangs of tragedy by reforming death into a more graceful event. It can be more than just a parting, but a celebration of life. In the way that they can give peace to those dying, their family and friends, and the good they offer all human and animal life on earth, green burials can be a final gift to the world.

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May & Son funeral home has helped families and loved ones through the grieving process for more than a century. We have locations in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia and serve the Fayette Missouri area. To find out about how to plan aheadcontact us today.


The funeral business that became H.T. May & Son was founded in Boonville in 1911 by Riley Martin; great-great uncle of Tom May. Following the death of Riley Martin, his nephew; Holwell J. May took over the reins of the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1974. After the death of Holwell, his son H.T. May began to run the business. When H.T. died in 2005, son Thomas E. May began to run the business and is now the fourth generation to operate May Funeral Homes. The newest location, in Columbia, opened in April 2009. Thomas, was married in November 19 of 2011 to Pastor Jennifer Baker. Jennifer is a pre-need specialist for the business and currently pursing her funeral directors license. Thomas also has two sisters; Kathryn May who is a licensed funeral director and Melodia Whitmore. Thomas has three children; Holwell J. May II, who graduated from KCKCC with his Mortuary Science Degree, and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Brittany N. May, and Jeremiah Baker. May and staff are are dedicated to serving families from all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in a personalized manner, with knowledgeable, caring, and professional staff.

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