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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  • I'll just dig a hole in my yard.
  • I have already asked my family to plan this for my funeral (some day).
  • Why not taking a step further and planting a tree above the burial plot? A great way to re-green our environment through a very personal contribution of organic compounds.
  • Ahead of its time? Finally, we've remembered our past. Having just gone through a traditional funeral, and being appalled at the expense, I can say this plan certainly makes more sense. I have instructed my family NOT to use all of those square feet of arable soil to plant my dead body! Better to let it rot - ashes to ashes, you know.....
  • That's awesome. Sign me up.
  • Actually sounds like a great idea. There is a small section at Crown Hill that is set up like that, but I think it is for those who have been cremated. It was a wonderful, natural and infinately more peaceful setting.
  • I have been hoping for something like this for some time. When the time comes for me to give my body back to the earth, it would be nice to not contribute more to pollution than I already have!

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