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Natural Burial, A Greener Way

Natural burial seeks to return one’s remains to the earth as directly and simply as possible. A natural burial attempts to avoid embalming with aldehyde based chemicals and instead uses preservation techniques that are more earth friendly. These techniques include the use of dry ice and non-toxic embalming chemicals. In addition, natural burial stresses the use of earth- friendly caskets and burial vaults.

There are many shades of “green” in a natural burial. The greenest natural burial would be one in which the interment would take place in a certified green cemetery in which the shrouded body is place directly in the ground.

In Minnesota, a more realistic natural burial would be one in which the deceased would be placed in a bio-degradable casket and preserved with dry ice for visitation and services. At the time of interment the casketed body would be placed in a bottomless vault and buried in one’s family cemetery.

Cremation, although not nearly as “green” as natural burial, is perceived as being kinder to the environment. There is an argument to be made that cremation does leave a significant carbon footprint due to the consumption of carbon-based resources and fuels. However, cremation can be made more natural and greener through the use of scattering urns and bio-degradable urns.

Natural burial can be seen as a return to the traditional customs of our pre-industrial society. Our religious and spiritually traditions are really unaffected by our choice of natural burial. The purpose of natural burial is to allow the body to quickly and naturally return to the elements of earth and begin the regeneration of new life.

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