Natural Burials

Natural Burials

Shaffer Funeral Home is pleased to offer our community an option that hasn’t existed for many years; the natural burial.

Funerals are changing and funeral homes must change with the times. That’s why Shaffer Funeral Home is now offering an affordable alternative for burials, with no compromise of respect or dignity.

The last 70+ years funerals have become more expensive with many services and items people no longer wish to purchase. Often times the situation requires that these items and services be part of the funeral arrangement and cost.

Natural burial is what used to happen all the time. There wasn’t embalming and there wasn’t such a thing as a vault (concrete or metal box). After the death the body was bathed, dressed, placed in a biodegradable box (these boxes can range from cardboard to solid mahogany with no metal used in their construction) and placed directly in the earth. This is the only way one’s body can naturally be recycled back into the earth. No chemicals or preservatives and no large amounts of fossil fuel as required for cremation. Today, with modern refrigeration one’s body can be held until all services have been arranged.

Shaffer’s has made arrangements with historic Indian Mound Cemetery to have a special section available for this very purpose. Only unembalmed bodies in a fully biodegradable casket will be permitted in this special section overlooking scenic Yellow Banks in the South Branch Valley of the Potomac. In keeping with the simplicity of this type of arrangement, only flat markers will be permitted. These markers can be engraved rocks, flat granite or flat marble.

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Even prior to the Covid-19, what people are choosing for services are changing. More and more people are opting for services all occurring in the same day; a one-hour visitation, the funeral and then to the cemetery. Approximately one-third of all Shaffer’s services use cremation, sometimes with no services of any kind. Many are unaware that cremation is not environmentally friendly due to the amount of fossil fuel that is used.

So, what is a natural burial going to cost? If you choose the simplest offerings, less than four thousand dollars with the grave space and opening/closing (digging the hole) INCLUDED. This includes professional services, transfer from place of death (within 40 miles), wrapping the body in a biodegradable sheet, placing the body in the simplest biodegradable container, and basic transportation to the cemetery. If you choose additional services or merchandise there will be applicable charges.

Want to learn more? Call Jamie or Carter and they will be happy to discuss the different options. You will not be obligated to Shaffer’s in any way. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment (304.822.3511).

No matter what type of service you select - traditional burial, cremation or natural burial Shaffer’s will custom tailor a service for you that meets your needs and those who are most important to you.

We will all face this, at some point. Planning ahead, getting your questions and concerns answered ahead of time, will give you the peace of mind you deserve.

Shaffer Funeral Home
Phone: (304) 822-3511
230 East Main St., Romney, WV 26757

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