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  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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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. Areas dedicated to natural burial both conserve and create habitat. Doing so is an important part of maintaining the ecosystem our bodies will become a part of when they are buried there. From trees to pollinators, mammals to microorganisms a natural burial space allows nature to flourish. What are you favorite native species? We'd love to know!

Please help us spread the word about Vermont Natural Burial! Direct people to our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that they can join our mailing list


Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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 for your support!

Please help us keep growing. Telling people to visit our website: vermontnaturalburial.org is the best way for you to help us continue to reach the people we hope to serve.

We look forward to everything this new year will bring- especially the ability to meet the natural burial needs of central Vermont.


Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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 people to be able to have a relationship with the place where their loved one is buried. We offer the option of surface grave markers which can be engraved as well as native plants which can be planted. All graves are also marked via GPS. And, of course, if you don't want a headstone, it's not required. Natural burial is not dangerous for people or the environment. When chemo, antibiotics, and other therapeutic drugs come into contact with the living layers of soil, as they do with natural burial, the soil works to break them down back into their organic components and recycle them into the ecosystem just as it does with bodies. Any inorganic substances or things like fluoride or heavy metals are fixed in place by the soil. If the substance itself breaks down at a faster rate than soil can decompose it then the soil can't recycle it. Concrete is the best example of this, and concrete leachate has been shown to travel quite far and even contaminate water supplies. That is why we don't allow concrete. Natural Burial is not a waste of space. The benefit of a natural cemetery is that the space isn't just used as a cemetery- it's a beautiful natural area for exploring in all season and other activities: outdoor learning; conserving, creating and protecting habitat; reflection; even weddings and outdoor events. That means that there is protection from developers (both because of the conservation and the laws that protect cemeteries) as well as a value in and of itself to the community because of the multiple ways it can be used by the community that make development unwanted. Have you heard things about what natural burial is or isn't that you'd like us to address? Write us and let us know, we're happy to answer your questions. Help us spread the word! People can join the Vermont Natural Burial mailing list on our website vermontnaturalburial.org

Thank you,

The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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