Why natural burial?
Think about your final resting place for a moment. Would you prefer to be surrounded by tombstones and lawns, or by glades and meadows full of birds and butterflies? If your answer is glades and meadows, then a natural burial ground will be the place for you. But there are more reasons to choose a natural burial.
Conventional burials are bad for the planet.
- Every year, tens of millions of funeral and burial dollars are going up in polluting smoke or in the ground in rare wood caskets that could be invested in creating glorious new forests.
- Embalming delays decomposition by displacing blood with formaldehyde that preserves the body, but is toxic and harmful both to the embalmer and in the ground where it is interred.
- Cemeteries often use cement vaults to prevent caskets shifting in the ground as they settle in densely packed cemeteries. Headstones can be massive, perhaps marble from Italy, but there are many low impact, alternative ways to mark where a body is buried.
- Cremation is responsible for the release of emissions including greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide as well as mercury and other heavy metals. The enormous amount of energy required to burn up a body is wasteful.
- A natural burial is the return of a body to the earth as simply as possible. Bodies are not embalmed, but wrapped in a biodegradable shroud or placed in a simple casket and buried in protected green space.
- It’s a way of combining an eco-friendly interment with land conservation.
- Low impact natural burials reduce energy and resource consumption, are less toxic, conserve water, and use only local sustainable materials.
- Our bodies, returned to the soil, through decomposition, will help create new life. The nutrients help to feed the commemorative native trees or shrubs, which in turn create a new forest or parkland. Nature lovers can rest in nature and know that in their death, they have helped to create an ecological oasis.
*Content provided by Natural Burial Association. For more information visit http://www.naturalburialassoc.ca
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