Natural burial offers a gentler goodbye.
The natural burial movement began in the 1990’s and has gained momentum as more people appreciate that their connection and responsibility to the earth does not need to stop at death.
Buried in a biodegradable casket or shroud, the body returns carbon and other minerals to the earth. Natural burial grounds bear no resemblance to conventional cemeteries. Rather than manicured lawns with rows of tombstones, imagine a meadow or woodland, which is restored and protected in its natural ecosystem.
Natural burial also offers people an alternative to environmentally harmful cremation.
Principles of natural burial:
- The burial takes place in a natural, or green burial ground. Rather than a manicured cemetery with rows of tombstones, imagine a meadow or woodland;
- Our body is placed in a biodegradable casket or wrapped in a shroud;
- No chemical embalming or vault is permitted;
- Natural burial grounds have about 300 plots per acre, compared to conventional cemeteries which typically have over 1000 burials per acre;
- In place of tombstones, graves are modestly marked with a small stone, a native plant, or a communal dedication. (The location of every grave is recorded, as required by law);
- The body is buried at 3 – 4 foot depth, where the rich soil strata is;
- The land is restored and protected in its natural ecosystem.
Natural burial grounds that inspire us:
The first modern day natural burial ground launched in the UK in 1993 and today there are hundreds of sites in both the UK and US. Created by people compassionate for both the planet and people, these natural burial grounds offer a sanctuary for both the dead and the living.