I have known Elizabeth Fournier for almost 25 years. Like anyone who gets to meet her, I was surprised to hear that her ambition was to be a funeral director. Below is a paragraph from her website. We spoke about her book, The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-mortician.
I live in a lovely, rural county in Oregon where we are allowed to bury our loved ones in our own backyards. Yes, I said backyards. And as the undertaker overseeing five small towns, I have personally buried people in their own backyards.
I am known as The Green Reaper, a name I have affectionately been given as the green burial funeral director, educator and advocate who is always ready to lend a hand, or a shovel. My funeral parlor is in a town named Boring and is anything but. My mortuary is a remodeled goat barn that sits on 30 acres of country land, filled with old farming equipment and horses. I live on the land with my husband and baby, and have only a general store/gas station as a neighbor. And the scenic Clackamas River.
I have had the pleasure of assisting people with sustainable burial options. I love helping in this aspect of death. It truly makes people’s eyes sparkle to feel as though their last act on earth contributes to a positive purpose. Those who have laid loved ones to rest in this setting have found comfort in knowing the body will return to the earth as the circle of life continues
The Green Reaper: Memoirs of an Eco-mortician
by Elizabeth Fournier
WiDo Publishing, 2017