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There’s nothing new about natural burial, far from it. The practice is documented in the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran. Shroud usually refers to an item, such as a cloth, that covers or protects some other object. A variety of names given to the burial garment, such as shrouds, mound shroud, grave clothes, winding-cloths or winding-sheets. Returning a shrouded body directly to the earth is what humans have been doing since time immemorial.
The rule of simplicity, which works so well in life, works beautifully at the end of life also. Which brings us to the shroud–a loving and respectful artefact that is returning to modern funeral ritual, and something we at Finding Solace suggest you consider.
Shrouds are versatile—they can be adapted to different types of funerals. For cremation or burial in conventional wooden, woven casket or cardboard casket, the deceased may be shrouded at the place of death by the family or the funeral director.
Shrouding the body allows for as much or as little to be added as you like. For instance, flowers, mementos, and notes can be tucked into the shroud and its ties. The shroud can also be painted or embroidered by you and your loved ones.
Our shrouds are often made with biodegradable materials. Unbleached, sturdy cotton and may include a soft bamboo fleece lining. The edges are finished, and all seams and ties are double-stitched.
Shrouds can be ordered in advance and stored in your home. The design is timeless, and the shroud will stay intact if wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and a ventilated container.
The Natural Burial ECO Shroud is designed to provide 100% Natural Burial Care and environmentally friendly sustainable funerals.
It is designed with simplicity in mind. They include a variety of practical additions. These include carrying straps and a facility for stretcher bearers on either side. Finding Solace Shrouds are easy to use to lower the deceased into the burial ground. Other options for green funerals include recycled cardboard coffins, natural fibre coffins, biodegradable coffins and caskets including renewable resources.
The ancient practice of using a burial shroud is returning to modern funeral care. It is a loving and respectful tribute. The Eco Shroud, because of its beautiful and simple design, allows for family and friends to add their own mementos. It can be embroidered or painted. Alternatively, simply add flowers or attach notes. The material can also be painted or embroidered by you and your loved ones. Finding Solace Shrouds are easy to use to lower the deceased into the burial ground.
An increasing numbers of Australians are exploring environmentally funeral options. With the current demand there is a movement of ‘Home Funerals’ and a desire to return to more traditional ways of caring for the dying. Funeral Directors are also witnessing an increased demand and are offering eco-friendly options from wicker caskets and linen shrouds, to burial services in bushland cemeteries.
Conventional cemeteries in Australia, too, are beginning to offer green zones for natural burials, with people buried in these spaces interred at a shallower depth than an ordinary grave, allowing nature to take its course more swiftly. Modern concepts are developing inspirational ways to be kind to nature when our bodies are returned to the earth. Traditional rites can still be at the heart of a green burial, incorporating a contemporary celebration of life or modern funeral ritual
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Handcrafted with heart from sustainably sourced, organic natural materials. These shrouds provide a soft and gentle container and a nurturing alternative to aid the process of grieving.
These infant shrouds are a gentle container which can be held and cradled.
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