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Burial in a 'green' cemetery

September 24, 2008
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A funeral director is planning a â??greenâ?? cemetery west of Bloomington, where plots will be identified by small field stones tied to global-positioning coordinates rather than by traditional headstones.

Nathan Butlerâ??s Evergreen Forest Cemetery will look more like a natural landscape than the manicured cemeteries weâ??re accustomed to seeing, according to a recent article on the Web site operated by Indiana Universityâ??s student newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student.

The cemeteries, of which there are about 20 in the nation, avoid the embalming chemicals, metal caskets and concrete vaults of traditional cemeteries.

Promoters say the approach is more natural and less expensive, running about $2,000, compared to several thousand dollars for conventional burials.

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