• The Vermont Natural Burial Team

Updated: Jul 20

Things have been busy for us here at Vermont Natural Burial! Although the weather sure has been strange this summer, both the sunny and rainy days provide us plenty of time to keep the cemetery project moving forward.

One of our favorite things we've done these past two months was a talk we were invited to give by Transition Town Jericho. (Thank you for having us, TTJ!)

One of our favorite things about that talk was the fact that we were able to discuss not only our cemetery project but our sister venture: Ending Well Consulting Funeral Home and Casket Company- a business that serves natural burial and cremation families, provides educational workshops, and hand-makes caskets, shrouds, urns, and markers for natural burial and cremation.

We'd love to talk to your group about our cemetery, Ending Well, or both! Please be in touch if you'd like us to give a presentation in person or over Zoom. We'll work with you to design a presentation that meets your needs.

We're still working hard to get the word out about Vermont Natural Burial and our cemetery. Please be sure to share our website widely. Did you know all of our previous newsletters are published here? Read through those and then join our mailing list. We should have a very big cemetery announcement to make in the next few weeks that we don't want anyone to miss.

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  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

As we transition from mud-season to spring it's a hard not to notice the ground is wet. But, what does soggy ground mean for natural burial?

The answer is not much. Dead bodies are not a health or environmental hazard (except in five cases, including death from Ebola, when natural burial is not an option)- so long as they are not buried directly in a drinking water supply, something the state of Vermont has very comprehensive guidelines to prevent. Still, burial in soggy ground can feel disconcerting. When burial takes place and the ground is wet, there are numerous ways to minimize water seeping into the grave itself during burial. These include where graves are dug, the angle they are dug, and using biomass to create a layer between the bottom of the grave and wet soil. Ultimately, the water plays a role in natural burial by keeping soil healthy so that it can break down bodies and efficiently distribute their nutrients. The wonderful thing about a burial process that works with the soil's natural process of decomposition is that we truly can bury all year round and in any weather conditions.

Please help us to keep spreading the word about Vermont Natural Burial! Her on our website you can read past newsletters, join our mailing list, and keep up to date with all of the developments at the cemetery. If you have questions about natural burial or our cemetery we'd love to hear them. Please email us: info@vermontnaturalburial.ogr- Maybe you'll even find your answer in our next newsletter.

Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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Hello and happy (snowy) Earth Day from Vermont Natural Burial!

Often when people talk about natural burial, they talk about how important it is to have a connection to a sense of place. While this can mean a place we have a connection to, it also means our place as of part of the ecosystem that connects and fuels our planet. "...What could it mean to truly belong to a place? It isn't simply about whether or not you were born there. It is about whether your identity has been and is being in some way shaped by that place; having a sense that its stories, its topography, its weather, have formed you - formed your character and your values. It is feeling yourself to be profoundly rooted in the sand or soil of a place, having both a deep knowledge of and a sense of affinity with the non-human others which inhabit it along with you - both plant and animal. It's about experiencing your place as living, as animate. It's about... seeing yourself as inextricable from it..." Sharon Blackie For those of us who live in central Vermont, whether because we were born here and chose to stay or because we were drawn here, Sharon Blackie’s words highlight what it means to have found our sense of place and call this land home. Natural burial challenges us to see ourselves as part of this land we have chosen, as part of a greater cycle of nurturing and sustaining through the relationship of life and death. For although it is true we are an inextricable part of the greater ecosystem, this fact is perhaps never more obvious than when offer our bodies to become nutrients for the soil of our home place through natural burial. This history of human burial is as old as the history of human civilization. Even the most ancient burial practices denoted burial grounds as sacred spaces. At Vermont Natural Burial we are striving to create such a space in the heart of the land that calls to us as our home. And, in doing so, preserve and protect that sense of place and home for new people to come and discover their own bond with the land, their own reasons for calling it home, and celebrating their connection to it. Please tell people about Vermont Natural Burial. All our past newsletters are here on the website. You can join our mailing list and keep up to date with all of the developments at the cemetery.

Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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