"Green" Burials Offer Unique, Less Costly Goodbyes

From artificial reefs to outer space, alternative burial options abound. More people in the U.S. are choosing environmentally friendly, and often highly personalized, goodbyes.

A burial in outer space seems a fitting farewell for James Doohan, the actor who played the beloved engineer "Scotty" on Star Trek.

To honor his final wishes, some of Doohan's ashes will be shot into space this fall, along with a CD of tributes from fans and loved ones.

Celebrities aren't the only ones considering alternatives to a conventional funeral. More people in the U.S. are rejecting traditional burials as too costly and ecologically unsound. Instead they are chosing environmentally friendly, and often highly personalized, goodbyes.

"Doohan is part of a generation thinking, What is an appropriate tribute for my life? It's not just the same choices as grandma had," said Charles Chafer, chief executive officer of Space Services, Inc., the Texas-based

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