SOURCE: aGREENERFUNERAL.org

aGreenerFuneral.org

April 19, 2010 09:00 ET

aGreenerFuneral.org Will Launch on Earth Day 2010

Educational Web Site Will Help the Public Create Eco-Funerals That Are Meaningful to People and Better for the Planet

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  Environmentally-conscious "green" living may be one of the most beneficial movements in the world today, yet most people only associate green with life. For people who want to preserve the environment, the growing practice of green funerals and burials presents a way to make the end of life more meaningful too. A new Web site, www.aGreenerFuneral.org, will help everyone from the nature-lover to the environmentalist create funerals that are more eco-friendly. The free, non-commercial site will debut on April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

More than half of Americans now say that they are concerned about the environment. 21% of Americans over age 50 would prefer an eco-friendly, end-of-life ritual, according to AARP's 2007 Funeral and Burial Planners survey. For these people, green represents an ethical and philosophical choice.

The site is the first comprehensive online guide to green funerals. It provides information about green funeral services, green burials, green cremation, green cemeteries and green funeral products. Visitors will be able to search a database of funeral providers in the United States and Canada that offer green funeral and burial services and products. Future features may include video and audio clips as well as community pages where visitors can share their ideas and experiences with green funerals.

"Earth Day calls us to do all that we can to protect the environment in life and in death," says Darren Crouch, the founder of aGreenerFuneral.org. "We created aGreenerFuneral.org to educate the public about the growing practice of eco-friendly green funerals. Whether you are a dedicated environmentalist or simply a lover of nature, the site will show you how to create funerals and burials that are more meaningful to people and better for the planet."

The site acknowledges that there are many shades of green and many options for green funerals. "At aGreenerFuneral.org we believe that green is in the eye of the beholder," adds Crouch. "For some, green means riding a bicycle, eating locally-grown vegetarian food and living off the electrical grid. For others green is driving less, using less electricity and taking cloth bags to the grocery store. That's why we use the terms 'green' and 'greener' in this site. We think that, big step or little step, whatever you do to preserve and protect our environment is a good thing."

aGreenerFuneral.org is a public service sponsored by Passages International, Inc., a leading provider of environmentally-sustainable caskets, urns, keepsakes and other products for more meaningful, greener funerals. Darren Crouch is the president and co-founder of Passages International. More information is available at www.passagesinternational.com.

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