Natural burial returns the body to the earth in a protected green space so the body can contribute to the earth’s renewal. The body is buried in a biodegradable casket or shroud in a natural burial ground. While below ground the body is nourishing the earth that fed it through life, above ground, the land is restored to its natural eco-habitat. Our final act is giving back to the earth, as opposed to cremation which burns fossil fuels and puts carbon in the atmosphere. It’s nothing new, just new to today’s consumers. It’s the way many of our ancestors were buried before deathcare became commercialized, and many cultures (eg, Jewish and Muslim faiths) have always embraced this practice.
Tenets of natural burial grounds:
- The body is buried in a biodegradable casket or shroud
- There’s no embalming and no vault surrounding the casket
- The land is restored and protected in its natural eco-habitat
- Individual gravestones are replaced by a communal marker or sometimes a discreet marker from locally sourced material
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