Penn Forest Natural Burial Park is Pennsylvania's first exclusively green burial ground and is committed to creating a beautiful burial park where nature is at the forefront. The burial ground is bordered by Plum Creek and is just a mile upstream from the Allegheny River. In addition to being an environment-friendly burial ground, a third of the land is set aside as a nature preserve habitat for native wildlife and plants. Penn Forest offers both full body and cremated remains burial and cremated remains scattering sites.
Penn Forest Naural Burial Park, the first and only green cemetery in Pennsylvania, will teach coffin-making to DIYers.. As a bonus the design of the coffins will let them function as a bookshelf as they sit and await their ultimate purpose.
Burial practices among Catholics are rapidly changing in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, prompting Catholic church leaders in those countries to formally address the issue, according to an article in the Jesuit Review.
Iraq’s Wadi Al-Salam Cemetery in Najaf is the world’s largest and oldest graveyard. Millions of people are buried there, mostly Shia Muslims. In recent years, the number of funerals has sharply increased, a consequence of the various wars that have blighted Iraq. Veteran and novice gravediggers talk about their lives among the dead.
An article in The Conversation says "there’s a lack of new cemetery space in parts of Australia but we could solve that problem by burying the dead among newly planted vegetation belts near our towns and cities. Burial Belt is a proposal we’ve been working on for reinventing the Australian cemetery landscape by creating near-limitless land for burial. Our idea is currently on exhibition at the Oslo Architecture Triennale, in Norway."
Courtesy of the AFDA, we have been advised that there is a new innovation in pacemakers that is currently being trialled in Australia, and if successful, will likely lead to broader introduction to patients across the country.