N.B. university student says people can make their funerals greener

A New Brunswick university student who's researching environmentally conscious funerals says she hopes her work will help ease the discomfort some people feel when talking about death.

Hanna Longard, a fifth-year student at Mount Allison University in Sackville, is visiting cemeteries and talking to funeral directors and other people in the so-called "death-care" industry to try to figure out how people can give back to the Earth even after death.

Longard says it's important for people to know they have options when it comes to being buried, even if they're not advertised by funeral homes.

She says people can make their funerals greener by using only compostable burying materials, refraining from embalming, and forgoing concrete or metal vaults.