A Green Burial – Video

Green BurialA Green Burial – Video

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  1. Dean M Huffman

    Wonderful video. We already have our places at Foxfield Preserve in Ohio. We also donated substantially to the production of the movie “A Will For The Woods”. We feel comfort in knowing we will be giving back to Mother Earth that which she has loaned us on our visit here.

  2. I Pyka

    This has been something that I have wanted for as long as I can remember! Crazy as it sounds am so happy that I just found out that Green Burials is real and a possibility for me. Thank you!

  3. Billie Sue Briggs

    How wonderful for everyone, so peaceful and beautiful. God bless all of you for you gentle warm and caring hearts.

  4. Amy

    Thank you for providing this video and such a beautiful and peaceful resting place for those that prefer a green natural place for after life. It is something that I have wanted to do when my time comes and I’m so relieved that places like yours exist and it will be a reality for me down the road.

  5. Janis

    Beautiful video. Green burials are the ultimate gift to give the environment.

    My one wish is that ALL cemeteries will offer this type of burial. Whether it be located in a special section of the cemetery, or among those who choose a “traditional” burial.

  6. Maura Savas- Minor

    Just learning about green burial and watching this video makes me feel more at ease about death. The creepiness and general taboo and mystery of “traditional ” funeral practice has always made me uneasy. Embalming a body with toxic chemicals goes about as far away from my beliefs as I can imagine.
    I have always shrouded and buried my beloved pets in this same green way, as I couldn’t imagine them passing into cold strange hands and shoved into a cremation oven…or worse. My daughters have taken part in these backyard burials and we have sang songs over the graves and said prayers and tossed in flowers or catnip, and planted perennials on top so we can think of them every year. It is the natural cycle, and we witness it. I know I want the same for myself. Thank you for this enlightening video and information , you are truly doing God’s work.

  7. Tanya, Fremont CA

    I was surprised to learn that all funerals back at my home country Lithuania was always green funerals. Hope that they would not start using modern caskets, vaults, etc.

  8. Ann, Oakland, CA

    My recently deceased mother requested cremation but if she had known about green burials, that would have been her choice. It is mine!

    1. Lee

      Hello Jorge – great question. Natural burial cemeteries by and large expect that the family will participate in some kind of service or ritual if they wish. Natural burials are perfect for families to design and lead themselves, according to their own traditions or spontaneous expressions, and whether or not there is a funeral director or clergy member involved. Many green cemeteries have facilities for gatherings, and most encourage graveside services or at least family-directed filling in of the grave with shovels provided by the cemetery staff. Contact your cemetery sexton or operator to discuss this – it will be a welcome conversation, as they tend to be very accessible and helpful throughout the process. One of the most important features of natural burial is the opportunity to bring back healing rituals and family and community centered connection. Thanks for the question!

    1. Lee

      Hi Barb – To learn more about what to do about burial in winter, check out our publication “Opening, Closing and Maintenance of a Green Burial Grave” (see Resources>Education). Here is some of the text to get you started. If you go to websites for White Eagle in Washington or Cedar Creek in Maine, for example, you’ll see that they bury in winter routinely. Let us know if you have more questions and thanks for checking in –

      Winter snow burial may present a challenge that is not insurmountable, depending on frost levels and snow depth. The depth of frost may be reduced if snow comes before the ground freezes and then piles up to insulate, making it relatively easy to remove first the snow and then the frost layer.

      One method of opening the site is coal burning, where the grave is cleared of snow and half covered with the coals from a wood fire or briquettes. The coals are allowed to heat the ground, then moved to the other half while digging the thawed portion. This continues until the frost layer has been breached and loose soil is removed as usual.

      Some cemeteries may use a frost claw attached to a backhoe to dig through the frozen layer of soil instead of using coal or other warming methods that may produce mud that can be difficult to transfer into a pile. And some hybrid cemeteries use tents and high efficiency, electric generator powered lamps.

      Another effective and desirable means of thawing the ground quickly is to apply concrete curing blankets. These are very affordable, reusable, and available online.

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