Funerals in the U.S. used to be fairly uniform affairs. What happened to people's remains after they passed away did not vary much between regions or religious persuasions. Most were embalmed and placed in an ornate coffin that was lowered into the ground or put in a mausoleum. The other option was cremation.
Today, however, people are beginning to rethink the process. This is in part because funerals have become very expensive. Another reason is that many people want their funeral to reflect their values.
A green funeral can mean several different things. It is an umbrella term that covers several different practices available. Some people choose not to have their body embalmed, so the chemicals will not seep into the ground. Green funerals also often allow people to be buried in plain wooden boxes that will eventually biodegrade. Other people choose not to have a coffin at all, but instead decide to be buried in a simple cloth shroud.
The key thing to keep in mind is to make plans now, for what will happen to you after you pass away. The options are available for a green funeral or a more traditional one.