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Daniel Hilton

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1 hour 2 minutes


Sustainability -- Oregon, Natural Burial, Funeral Homes, Undertakers and Undertaking


Interview of Daniel Hilton by Cory Minick at Mt. Hood Community College on March 5th, 2009.

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Daniel Hilton has worked as Funeral Director at Rose City Funeral Home, and most recently at Layne's Funeral Home & Chapel in Battle Ground, Washington. He is also an instructor in the Funeral Service Education program at Mt. Hood Community College.


This interview, of Daniel Hilton, was conducted by Cory Minick on March 05, 2009. Hilton is the Funeral Director at Layne’s Funeral Home & Chapel and an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College. During the interview, Hilton discusses the different types of embalming and how bodies are processed for medical research, funeral viewing, or cremation. Hilton also explains how different religious and cultural beliefs dictate the type of preparation a body undergoes. The benefits of Green burial and human composting are discussed, along with how it reduces the impact on the environment. Not only would these be the most cost effective alternatives, but it also promotes nutrient cycling and reduces the use of harmful pollutants required by embalming or cremation.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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