A Green Funeral

In the veld in a place where the vultures would see,
he stood naked and killed the cancer with a single shot.

The headlines were sensational, censorious the words,
but Gaia received him without comment and asked no fee.

Too deep for the roots of trees, most lie boxed and rot,
while he is grown in the grass and flown in the birds.

A Poem by James A. Harrison

Links that explore the concept of a green funeral:

Green Casket Company

AARP: Green Graveyards

MSNBC: Green Graves Give Back to Nature

Mother Earth News: Greener Ways to the Great Beyond

Green Burial Council

Kinkaraco - Green/Biodegradable Burial Shrouds

BBC News: Can You Be Buried Anywhere?

Eco-Friendly Burials Bring Green Funeral Movement to Life

Eco-Friendly Death and Funeral Choices - Funerals.org

Seattle Weekly: How Green Is Your Funeral?

Riverview Natural Burial Grounds at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Forever Fernwood: Natural Cemetery

GreenSprings Natural Cemetery

The Centre for Natural Burial

Seattle Times: More People Want Environmentally Friendly Burial

NY Times: Green Blog - Into the Great Green Beyond

Green/Home Funerals @Kelly Dwyer's Myspace

Hudson Valley Green Burial Association (myspace)

Hudson Valley Green Burial Association (facebook)

Greenburials.org... Return Naturally

National Geographic: Green Burials Offer Unique, Less Costly Goodbyes

Forest of Memories: Green Burial News Archive

Best Friends Blog: A place of respect and solace (blessing ceremony to honor pets)

Cardboard Casket Dot.Com: Ecoburial

Green Funeral tip!

Many people long for a memorial headstone, but some woodsy or wildflower green burial sites do not permit any grave markings to keep everything "au natural." I know that often towns offer "engraved bricks" as part of special parks or new building projects. For about a $50 donation, you can engrave your loved one's name into a brick that will become part of your favorite local site. Google news search "engraved brick" to find current brick/paver engraving opportunities. My loved one's name is engraved on a brick overlooking Lake Tahoe that was offered as part of a 4-H Camp beautification project; it's a perfect alternative :)

Union Cemetery

If I Should Die: Organizing Green/Woodland/Alternative/DIY Burials

Funeral Search: Woodland, Green and Environmentally-Friendly Funerals

Backyard Nature: Eco Funerals Are Life Affirming

Living Legacies: Environmental Funeral FAQ

Final Passages

ACFNewsource: Green Burial

Memorial Ecosystems

Beliefnet: Opting for Eco-Friendly Graves

How Yoga Can Prepare Us for Death - Yoga Journal


Full Circle of Care: Funerals, Cremations, and Honoring the Dead

SFGate: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Mulch

Dr. Weil - Being With Dying

Rush Inter Pet Cemetery
(has a natural burial section where my girl Magpie is planted :)

The dead and buried
become trees
who lift up their arms
to call the deaf.
With their long fingers
and green tongues,
they divulge the secrets
of the Earth's heart.

-Mevlana Rumi, Sufi Mystic-


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