Have you thought about what will happen to your body after you die? Nationally there has been increased demand for natural and eco burials from families looking for an environmentally friendly option for their loved one.
Back in August 2016 we told you about Jane Pickard who offered two of 16 hectares of her property near Armidale (NSW) to be the site for a natural burial ground.
The Armidale Express recently carried and article reporting on progress at the site;
A PIONEERING project for a natural burial ground has supporters digging deep to ensure a new site is located in Armidale.
“Earth funerals” will offer people the opportunity to be buried on the site in a biodegradable coffin or shroud and without being treated by preserving chemicals such as embalming fluids.
writes from Alaska about public-lands and conservation issues. He argues
all the world over, death is a very green thing. I see it every day here in the rainforests of coastal Alaska. There are the fallen corpses of giant hemlocks, which lie for decades sheltering wildlife and sprouting young trees from their softened bark. There’s the annual arrival of millions of salmon, carried off by eagles and bears when they die to feed a whole forest. Mildewing bones, shells, feathers and quills are also scattered about these woods. Sinking into the Earth, they are ephemeral monuments to life-giving death.
Burnie City Council in Tasmania has been petitioned by 142 sigantories calling for information about natural burial to be on the council website.
The adopted Guideline for Natural Burials is now available in the Members Only Document Storage.
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Nothing is more devastating than the death of a loved one. You’re not thinking clearly, and it’s not a good time to make practical decisions. Thankfully, you can call a funeral home, and they will take care of everything for you. Well, maybe that’s not always the best option, says Roxanne Walsh, who lives in Halifax and helps people plan funerals and supports survivors through the grieving process after a death occurs.
Our traditional ways of dealing with death are changing, with Earth-friendly concerns sparking a surge in eco burials.
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.
It's a farmers' market! One of Britain's largest agricultural businesses which spreads across THREE counties goes on sale for £200million (with 33,000 acres, 120 homes and its own natural burial ground, according the Daily Mail.
A Natural burial ground in New Zealand is providing a forest with a new lease of life.
A natural burial project at Waikumete Cemetery in west Auckland is helping individuals make environmentally friendly choices in death, while giving a native forest a chance to thrive. Waikumete is New Zealand's largest cemetery and one of the country's largest urban parks. Since 1886, it has served as the main cemetery for the Auckland region. In 1999, it became the first cemetery in New Zealand to open an eco or natural burial area.
Although they have an American (USA) focus, these two articles on Legacy do Com caught our attention:
There is a push in Narrogin for natural burials to be made available in the town’s cemetery. Former Narrogin deputy mayor Arthur Paternoster is urging the Shire of Narrogin to look into providing the option locally.
Bunurong Memorial Park has announced the upcoming release of Murrun Naroon ‘Life Spirit’, a new and unique natural burial option positioned in a beautiful native bushland environment at Bunurong Memorial Park.
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.
Today, the USA funeral industry is worth $17 billion ($). Businesses are innovating on traditional practices and more people are taking control of how they wish to die and be buried — in unconventional, surprising and even extraterrestrial ways.
For the past few months, I've been laser focused on two things: preparing to build a prototype of our Recomposition system at Washington State University, and spreading the word that a new model of death care is possible.
Sometimes, it feels like I'm bouncing back and forth between the present and the future. Present tense: working with engineers to run tests on the prototype design. Future tense: talking with audiences at SVP Fast Pitch and SXSW Eco about the day when every person will have access to meaningful, sustainable death care. Present tense: corresponding with Washington State University about construction permits. Future tense: speaking with the press about our goal to have Recomposition Centers in every city in the world.
The ABC website asks "At the risk of sounding like an insurance ad, what do you want to happen to you when you die?".