An Environmentally-Conscious Alternative
A green burial is a relatively new idea, yet grounded in historical practice. After all, people have lived, died, and been buried naturally for centuries. Green burial is both an alternative to traditional burial practices in the U.S, and a cremation alternative.
Expensive caskets and burial vaults are not required by law, yet many cemeteries 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. 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 of grief.
A green, or “natural,” burial is an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices where the body is returned to the earth to decompose naturally and be recycled into new life. A growing number of people choose to live our ecological values with simple rites, in the old, traditional way. Green Burial signifies our final statement as a reflection of those same values and meanings.
A green burial reduces environmental impact and conservation easements preserve our open spaces, which is important not only to plants and wildlife. Human beings find great serenity when we are close to nature. Interment in such a beautiful and pristine setting honors those we love.