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
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.
We're natural burial p
Hi from Vermont Natural Burial!
If you've decided you want to have a natural burial there are three easy things you can do to make sure your wishes are carried out.
Number one: Appoint an "Agent of Disposition"
Similar to a health care agent, who can make decisions about what happens to your body when you are alive, an agent of disposition is responsible for making decisions about what happens to your body after you die. An agent of disposition can be your next of kin, o
Hello from Vermont Natural Burial! Many people who are interested in natural burial are concerned about the environment. Natural burial offers a chance to make ecologically responsible decisions about what happens to your body after you die.
Many people have heard that cremation is more environmentally friendly than conventional burial practices that involve embalming, concrete grave liners, and caskets made of rare hardwoods. While that's true, cremation still uses a lot o
Hello, We've talked about how natural burial literally nourishes the soil with the elements from our bodies. But land dedicated to natural burial also offers the opportunity to nourish, restore, and rebuild the natural habitat of the land.
How? Land management practices are key- protecting nesting areas and wildlife corridors through careful trail placement, eliminating invasive species, and reintroducing species that have been lost to logging and development.
Hello from Vermont Natural Burial.
As the year comes to a close and we prepare for a brief hiatus, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you.
In just 4 months nearly 100 of you have taken the time to subscribe to this newsletter.
Dozens of you have taken the time to write and share your thoughts and questions.
And many of you have asked how you can help as we work to open our natural burial ground.
We're off to a great start. Thank you for believing in us and fo
Hello from Vermont Natural Burial! We've talked a lot about what natural burial is, so let's talk a bit about what natural burial is not.
Natural burial is not burial without a funeral. Ceremony and ritual can be a very important part of burial. So if you want a ceremony at a church, in someone's home, a funeral home, or at the graveside we will work with you to make that happen.
Natural burial is not throwing your body away to be forgotten in the woods. It's important for
Hello again! One thing we've heard is how important a natural burial is to people. Natural burial, on land dedicated to natural burial, is what everyone on our team wants for themselves as well.
Why is that? Well, for some of us it's because it's a chance to create a relationship with a piece of land that demonstrates the natural beauty of Vermont. For one, it's the chance to continue to nourish the relationship to our natural environment that has been a part of living in V
Hello! We've been a little quiet these past few weeks, but with the arrival of the first snowfall of the season we figured many of you might be wondering about what happens with natural burial in the winter.
And the answer is- it continues to happen!
Most conventional cemeteries in Vermont close for the winter. We've heard a lot of stories as to why, but one of the big reason is the safety of moving heavy equipment around. Since natural burial doesn't utilize machines to
Hello from the Vermont Natural Burial Team!
It's wonderful to see new subscribers.
As always, please help us get the word out about Vermont Natural burial by sharing our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that people can join this mailing list. We know there are so many people we haven't reached!
From time to time in this newsletter we'll share some talking points/statistics to help you start the conversation about the benefits of natural burial. Ready for the first one
Hello from the Vermont Natural Burial Team! Some people have asked us why there isn't a natural burial cemetery in Vermont already.
Well, natural burial wasn't fully legal here until 2017. Prior to that the legal definition of cemeteries in Vermont was not consistent with natural burial practices such as ecologically-sound land management practices and a burial depth of 3.5 feet. The Vermont Natural Burial Team is proud to have been a part of helping change the definition.
Hello and thank you for your interest in Vermont Natural Burial. Natural burial, sometimes referred to as green burial, is a way of burial that uses no chemicals or non-biodegradable materials. This allows all of the nutrients in a human body to return to the soil, nourishing the land in which it is buried. Our cemetery will be the first cemetery in the state dedicated to natural burial. We hope that our cemetery will nourish the people who visit as well, providing a place fo