What is a green burial?

Also known as “natural burial”, green burial practices are characterized by their simple and natural aspects. Advocates of green burial believe in letting nature take its course at the burial site, with as little interference or disruption from the burials as possible.

Unlike a traditional cemetery, with its concrete vaults, and casketed, embalmed bodies, a green burial site is intended to remain as undisturbed and natural as possible in character and appearance. Bodies are not embalmed beforehand, and they are buried in a biodegradable casket, fabric shroud, blanket, etc. Minimal environmental impact, habitat restoration, and preservation of open spaces are key objectives in the movement toward green burial, and native grasses, wildflowers, trees, and plantings are part of the natural landscaping.