Having a Wiccan Funeral and Burial

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

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A Wiccan Funeral Is Possible

With many different ways of life and spirituality in the world, shouldn't there be that many ways to have a funeral? Christians have their funerals and burial rituals, as do Muslims and Jews. Why not Wiccans? Can't we have Wiccan funerals? Of course we can!

If you are Wiccan and are writing a will or simply just thinking out your Wiccan funeral, this article will present some ideas for a green and truly Wiccan funeral. Remember that it should be about what you want, so take these ideas for a Wiccan funeral or Wiccan burial and make them your very own.

Have you ever been to a funeral of a loved one? You see your loved one laying there in a rather expensive and elaborate casket, dressed in their finest suit or dress. They don't even look like they did in life...or maybe they do. But you can't help but wonder why the fancy casket and large funeral service was really necessary? Was it necessary for the family to spend thousands of dollars to have toxic chemicals pumped into their loved one's body? Was it necessary for the family to spend even more money on the casket and also on the concrete vault that the casket will be placed in? What purpose do these expensive funeral resources serve but to preserve a body that is already dead and will never contain human life again?

Have you ever known someone who has passed and had a funeral that was inherently Christian-based but yet this person wasn't necessarily a Christian in life? If you are Pagan or Wiccan, you can set the standards with your very own green Wiccan funeral. Let's get back to our natural roots and ditch the wasteful, destructive resources that modern-day funerals have become.

A Wiccan Funeral Is a Green Funeral

As practicing Wiccans, we have a reverence and respect for Mother Earth. This is a respect that affects our everyday life, including how we act, what we buy, and how we live our lives in general. This outright honor for Mother Earth should continue even after we die. Our body has shut down and our souls are moving on, and so we should leave as small of a physical print on this world as possible, even in death. Why donate to the millions of tons of concrete and steel added to the earth's soil every year? Why add to the billions of gallons of toxic embalming fluids added to the weary earth? I don't know about you, but I would like the greenest funeral possible...a green Wiccan funeral and Wiccan burial. One worth remembering for its simplicity, intimacy, and prudent resourcefulness.

Now there are cemeteries popping up all over the United States known as "green cemeteries & nature preserves". They are a place where people may be buried by their loved ones in a hands-on approach, directly into the earth, and then covered with the earth...leaving their loved ones to return to the dust from whence they came. Their bodies can then be used by the earth to sustain further life...instead of polluting the earth's soil and adding to its destruction like in an average modern-day funeral.

If you are Wiccan and you love the earth and honor her as I do, you will have a Wiccan funeral that is not only intimate and spiritual but very green. Choose a close green cemetery & nature preserve closest to you and let a patch of daisies grow from your body instead of leaving a mass of concrete, stone, and toxic chemicals in the earth.

But what about cremation? Isn't that a green Wiccan funeral?, one might ask. Not necessarily. I thought that cremation was the most green Wiccan funeral one could have; however, upon further research...I was wrong. Cremation does cut down on the mass amounts of steel and concrete added to the earth but it does add to the pollutants put into the air. Now if we compare resources that get put into the ground in a normal funeral compared to the gases that seep into the air in cremation, the former would probably outweigh the latter by a long shot. But if I have my choice, I don't want to pollute neither the earth nor the air. Wrap my body in a biodegradable shroud and put me into the ground in a nature preserve. Plant a group of sunflowers over my body and let the earth flourish even in this body's death.

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Wiccan Rituals for a Wiccan Funeral and Burial

For my Wiccan funeral, I would want to write the "last rites" (if you will) or the end ritual. Why? Because who better to write an insanely spiritual ritual for a group of close friends tailored to myself than myself? Exactly! No service in a church or funeral home will be necessary nor wanted. I don't want my family being upsold an elaborate service nor all of the bells & whistles that come along with picking out & using the services of a funeral home. Let's skip all of the selling and let's let my family & friends do the actual wrapping of the shroud and the burial.

When writing your own Wiccan funeral ritual, make it as personal to yourself as you can. Include your pantheon, matron goddess and patron god. Include the elements & Mother Earth, just as you were born from the earth's womb...you will return to the earth's womb. Write the ritual so that it is long enough but not too long. You want to make it light-hearted and thought-provoking...not boring and monotonous. Make it your own.

When planning the Wiccan burial, have your loved ones literally push the dirt over your shrouded body once you've been lowered into the ground. They can leave flowers or letters with you.

As for a gravestone, concrete or stone isn't necessary. Many people choose wooden gravemarkers. These are biodegradable and completely of-nature. They can visit the site at any time and see a beautiful and serene part of the world. This will remind them of you and your beautiful life & soul. This scenario is opposed to your loved ones visiting you amongst a field of stone and dead flowers. Which would you prefer?

Wiccans' religion is all about nature, and many choose for their funerals to support the eco-system.
Wiccans' religion is all about nature, and many choose for their funerals to support the eco-system.

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    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      3 years ago from Summerland

      Jack - I agree...if I can find the means in which to do a natural burial, I might choose that.

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      Jack Hagan 

      3 years ago from New York

      The thing which I liked the most about the Wiccan Funerals and Wiccan Burials is their Eco-friendliness. I personally prefer the burial over cremation because it is simply less harmful to the environment and at least I don't wish to burn my loved ones after their death.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      Beltane73 - Thanks for reading! I write my own rituals though I do not usually share them with the public. Blessings to you.

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      Holly Kline 

      5 years ago from South Jersey

      Thoughtfully written. I'd love to see some ritual words included. Upvoted and interesting.

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      Laura 

      6 years ago

      I am taking a psychology death and dying class where I have to plan my own funeral, can anyone help me through this planning detailed process?

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      dagny - I've always wanted that too! But you're right, sadly that's illegal. Glad I could educate you and your husband of a different method of burial. :)

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      dagny roth 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      I love this idea! My husband always complains because he wants a Nordic style, out to sea burning ceremony but as far as I know this is not okay. Good to know there are green burial grounds available!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Paradise - What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing that with me. Love that you all did a dance to celebrate her life and the life in the tree. Blessings to you!

      lucybell - Yes, that's better than being buried the modern way; however, it still puts some pollutant gases into the air. But all pollution can't be avoided anyway. Thanks for reading!

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      Bonny OBrien 

      6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Your plans sound nice and well thought out. I just plan on being creamated.

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      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I went to a Wiccan funeral years ago, for a friend of mine. We all helped to plant a tree. We did dance around the newly planted tree, holding hands. The circle we made encompassed our friend's rising spirit, and sent her on her way with blessings and hope of peace.

      Her body was cremated, and her ashes put at the base of the tree.

      It wasn't as green as the funerals you are describing here, but for those times, it was very green.

      It was an uplifting experience. My friend returned to her mother, Earth.

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Mr. Happy - I'm happy you enjoyed it! I'd like to hear the birds singing and the breeze blowing through the trees. That sounds just fine to me. :)

      DzyMsLizzy - I'm not sure about California but what I would do if I were you is to just google "green funeral in california". There's usually a huge plethora of information on green funerals for each state. That might help. :)

      Emeraldgreen21 - Thanks so much!

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      Atell Rohlandt 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      What a great read. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What a wonderful idea. I've never heard of this being legal, though, sadly. At least not here in California. There are so many ridiculous laws and mandates by boards of "health" regarding the "disposal" of bodies, etc.

      I think I read it IS legal to request no embalming, and you can have a plain pine box (not cheap any more, either), and you are allowed to have a lying-in at home instead of an expensive service in an impersonal institutional building. But the actual burial? I think, sadly, there are laws requiring caskets and vaults. :-(

      If you know differently of our "fair" state, I'd love to find out that I'm wrong......

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great write! I enjoyed this. I actually kept eating while reading. Nice touch You have. Haha!

      Like most things nowadays, funerals are a business. They could care less about the dead, dying or the crying ... they just care to make money and they'll be more than glad to throw-in "limo service" for two grand. Police escort? Sure, another fifteen hundread or so ...

      I plan on having a green go-away too: a corner of a forest somewhere far from humans will do. The trees can sing me a song and I'll be happy.

      Thank You for writing this. Cheers!

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