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10:32 PM, Nov 15, 2010   |    comments
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The way a person is remembered in death often reflects the life they led.  Larry Click of Click Funeral Homes says burials are as individual as the people themselves.

"As my generation gets older, they're going to want different types of services and I think  it's neat to give them another option," explained Click.

According to Click,  more people are choosing to have a "Green" burial.  His East Tennessee funeral homes is the only one in the state recognized by the Green Burial Council.

Instead of ornate coffins and vaults, Click explained people can choose to be buried in a simple shroud or a handmade cedar coffin.

"The coffin has no varnish or lacquer and unbleached cotton for the interior.  The mattress is made of cedar shavings," said Click.

The cost of a "Green" burial is significantly lower than a traditional burial, running about $3,000.  A traditional burial can more than triple that amount.

"Green" cemeteries are also making their mark as final resting places.  There are a handful across the country, like Ramsey Creek Preserve in Westminster, South Carolina. Plots there are nestled in nature.

Click says there is really nothing new about  "Green" burials. "It's really just a return to the way things used to be."

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