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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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Hello from the Vermont Natural Burial team!

We know you wouldn't be reading this newsletter if natural burial wasn't important to you. But we wanted to share what some of our supporters have shared with us about what natural burial means to them. Perhaps it will help you start a conversation with someone new to natural burial. Having conversations about natural burial in your community and encouraging folks to visit our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that they can join our mailing list is the most important way you can support us in our current building phase. All our past newsletters are now available under the "newsletters" tab. Here's what others have said: "Being present for the burial process is a better opportunity to experience a range of emotions and truly say goodbye." -IM "It helps protect and preserve the environment"- WP "It honors the wishes of people who don't want to have a negative impact on the environment."- CC It lightens my footprint on the earth." -RS "It's far more environmentally intelligent way to go... and it's far less expensive."- anonymous "It's the ultimate recycling experience."- anonymous What are some things you say to share your passion for the idea? Have you recently had a conversation about why natural burial is important? Email us and let us know!


Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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Hi from Vermont Natural Burial, Our goal for our email list is to send updates about what is happening at VNB and our cemetery, and provide some tidbits about natural burial. We recently integrated some mailing lists and made some updates on our website. And it turns out many of you got emails for every. single. change. (Sometimes as it was happening in real time.) And you hung in with us- broken links and all- not one of you unsubscribed. Thank you! We're natural burial people and the technology side of things doesn't come... well, naturally, to us. We're learning as we go and appreciate your patience. Please don't hesitate to bring glitches to our attention. The good news is that all these newsletters are now archived on the website. So if you missed some or want to review an older one you don't have to dig through your email to find it. We're in an important building phase and now, more than ever, we need your help to connect with natural burial supporters. Please share our any of our newsletter or our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that folks can learn about us and join our mailing list. We know there are more people out there who are curious about natural burial and our cemetery, but we can't reach them without your help spreading the word.


Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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