What is a green burial?
Simple and natural. Green
burial, or natural burial, ensure the burial site remains as natural as possible in all respects.
Interment of the bodies is done in a bio-degradable casket, shroud, or a
favorite blanket. No embalming fluid, no concrete vaults.
Why have a green burial?
It is clear that nature
has intended that our bodies be reunited with the earth. All organisms
that have lived, have died and returned to the soil...only to be recycled into
new life. Constant microbial activity in the soil breaks everything
down. Nature creates no waste. Everything is recycled.
In keeping with your
personal values, a natural burial site for you, family, even pets, promotes
growth of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, in turn bringing birds and other
wildlife to the area. Water is not wasted, nor are pesticides and
herbicides used in attempts to control nature. Instead, a green cemetery
allows nature take it's course. Planting native trees, shrubs and flowers in
your loved one's honor promotes habitat restoration. To encourage land
preservation, a green cemetery grants a conservation easement for the burial
Burial vs Cremation
A green burial is a
cremation alternative, and a viable alternative to "traditional"
burial practices in the United States. It is an earth friendly option when
considering burial vs cremation. Many families choose cremation because
it's seen as more environmentally friendly than traditional burial.
Embalming, expensive sealed caskets and burial vaults are not required by law. Though traditional memorial parks may
require them, a green cemetery or memorial nature preserve does not. The
simplicity of a green burial is in tune with nature and need not be expensive.
Until recently, interment in an environmentally friendly burial
ground was not an option. Now we can consider and encourage a natural
burial, helping to preserve open spaces throughout the United States. This
will increasingly become a cremation alternative.
Choosing a green burial
now relieves your loved ones of the distress that comes in having to make
difficult, and often costly, decisions after your passing. Involve your
friends and family now, so difficult decisions do not need to be made in a time
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