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.
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The Vermont Natural Burial Team