Green Burials

What is a Green Burial?

Although green burials were common practice long ago, the onset of the modern green burial movement is fairly recent. In general, a green burial is one that incorporates environmentally sustainable practices, does not attempt to inhibit decomposition, and does not introduce toxic elements into the environment.
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Green Burial Grounds

In England the green burial movement began in 1993 with the opening of The Woodland Burial ground within Carlisle Cemetery. Today there are over 200 natural, or green, burial sites in the UK. The first dedicated green burial ground in the US, Ramsey Creek Preserve, opened in South Carolina in 1998.
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Family Burial Grounds

In New England the long-established practice of burying family members in a private family burial ground remains an option. In both Maine and Vermont landowners may establish family burial grounds on private property.
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