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Jim Wood

"Natural Burial...Our Final Act of Conservation"

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Joined Dec 6, 2013

Our final act of conservation
Natural Burial has become a passion. Only a short time ago I was like everyone else. I thought the way the funeral industry takes care of our loved ones was the law. Much to my surprise it is not the law and there are a variety of choices available. Natural Burial does not allow embalming, no vaults or grave liners and all burial containers must be biodegradable. It is much more economical and there is much less waste of natural resources and there is no violation of the deceased. In fact in most states you can have a "Home Funeral" and bypass the funeral home completely. Cremation uses a lot of energy and there is a potential for toxins to be released. Natural Burial is really the best option. This is the way traditional burial is done in most of the world. There are only a few Natural Burial Grounds in the US, but more are on the way. There is plenty of information on the internet. Here are some links of interest.

Please e-mail me if you have questions or need information on Natural Burial or Home Funerals and our efforts to save conservation land.




What are Natural Burial Grounds ?

A modern 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.

The body is prepared without chemical preservatives such as embalming and is buried in a biodegradable casket or simple shroud.

A natural burial preserve often uses grave markers that don't intrude on the landscape. These natural markers can include shrubs and trees, or a flat indigenous stone, which may be engraved or centralised memorial structures where visitors can sit within the emerging forest. As in all cemeteries, there are careful records kept of the exact location of each internment, often using modern survey techniques such as GIS (geographic information system).

Planting native trees, shrubs and flowers on or near the grave establishes a living memorial and helps form a protected wildlife preserve. A completed natural burial preserve is a green place with trees, grasses, and wildflowers, which in turn bring birds and other wildlife to the area.

Irrigation is not used, nor are pesticides and herbicides applied; instead, a natural burial preserve protects and restores nature while establishing a place where family and friends can visit and be at peace.

Cemetery legislation protects natural burial preserves in perpetuity from future development while the establishment of a conservation easement prevents future owners from altering the original intent for these burial grounds. These protective covenants are what permit natural burial preserves to function as landscape level conservation tools.

Natural burial is a statement of personal values for many people who seek to minimise their impact on the planet. For people who are mindful of the cyclical nature of life a natural burial is a spiritually fulfilling alternative to the conventional burial.

These sacred and natural places leave a legacy of care and respect for our planet.

What is Natural Burial?


A natural burial is an environmentally sustainable alternative to existing funeral practices:
  • Bodies are interred within an existing forest or savannah ecosystem or within an area requiring natural rehabilitation, such as fallow farming fields.
  • The body is prepared without chemical preservatives and is buried in a biodegradable casket or simple shroud.
  • After burial, the gravesite is planted with native trees, grasses or shrubs. The name and details of the deceased are added to the on site memorial. Families may also choose to include biographical details, photos and stories on the Natural Burial memorial website.

Natural burial uses a minimum of chemicals and natural resources while maintaining a strong connection with the earth for the deceased and surviving family and friends.

In contrast, consider that each year the 22,500 conventional cemeteries in the United States bury *;

  • 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde
  • 30-plus million board feet of hardwoods (Caskets)
  • 90,272 tons of steel (Caskets)
  • 14,000 tons of steel (Vaults)
  • 2,700 tons of copper and bronze (Caskets)
  • 1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete (Vaults)

You can quickly begin to see that our modern burial practices have taken us far away from natural cycle of life.

We need more people who want to help make natural burial possible in all areas of USA. Get involved in making the vision a reality.

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Groups Care2Guru, Jane Goodall Institute: Race for the Primates, Pets in Need, Race for the Big Cats, Race for the Rainforest
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Birthday Jan 01  
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About Me Spiritual but not religious.
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Wild Fact About Me Opening a Natural Burial Ground and saving Conservation Land
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