Green Burials

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Green burials (or natural burials) seek to ensure that the burial site remains as natural as possible with minimal environmental impact on the natural ecosystem.

A green burial typically avoids, or looks for alternatives to the use of artificial preservatives such as embalming fluid, and conventional metal caskets. Green burial sites can be created in specially designated sections of cemeteries or on private land. Green burial sites are often located in meadows and wooded areas that do not require constant maintenance, and a range of permaculture techniques may be employed to landscape the site and to speed up a very natural decomposition. Green burials are less expensive than a traditional burial and can be more meaningful, and comforting to family members.