FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS GREEN BURIAL?
The concept of a green burial is to return the body to the earth with minimal environmental impact. The main guiding principles are to forego embalming, to use only burial containers made of biodegradable materials, and for the land to be managed as natural habitat. You can learn more by visiting the websites of The Green Burial Society of Canada or The Green Burial Council or by attending one of our events!
WHAT DO I DO WHEN A DEATH OCCURS?
In most cases, a death is not an emergency. Take your time. One of the first things to do is to select a funeral home if you haven't already done so. The deceased may have left instruction as to where they may have pre-purchased some funeral services and merchandise. If not, take the time to call some different funeral homes and select the one that best fits with your family's needs and values. Once you have selected a professional to help you, they will be able to guide you through the rest of the process.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EMBALMING?
Embalming is an invasive procedure which uses toxic chemicals to temporarily preserve a dead body, delaying decomposition until after burial. Embalming can restore a more youthful appearance to the skin and make the body appear closer to an alive version of themselves. Except in certain rare circumstances, embalming is not recommended by Hunter Funerals; however, we support individual choice and can easily arrange for the procedure as part of your funeral care.
Generally, yes, there are many locations where it is legal in Manitoba to scatter cremated remains. Scattering on private property is allowed with the owner's consent. Scattering on crown land is also acceptable, including in any of our provincial parks. If you choose to enlist Hunter Funerals to help with your funeral services, we can support you in preparing for and performing this significant ritual.