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  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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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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  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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 Vermont starting with its first indigenous communities. For another, it's the symbolic act of giving our bodies to that land, becoming a part of the natural history and future of a wild and open space. And, for others, it is the simple completion natural burial offers- nourishing the land that has nourished us.


We also deeply care about the community a natural burial cemetery can create and sustain. One where local Vermont craftspeople can create products sourced from the land; where local musicians, poets, artists, and clergy can create ceremonies inspired by the land; and one where educators and families can learn about native plants, trees, animals, and cycles of life on the land.

What makes natural burial and a space dedicated to natural burial important to you? Write us and let us know! If you know people who are interested in natural burial please tell them about Vermont Natural Burial and direct them to our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that they 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

  • The Vermont Natural Burial Team

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 dig, that's not a problem. Another obvious problem with winter burials is the frozen ground. However, in our cemetery we will thaw the ground. Even though it damages the soil microorganisms, when the spring comes, the body itself will help replenish them. What other questions do you have about natural burial? Don't hesitate to write and let us know. As always, we need your help! Please tell people about Vermont Natural Burial and direct them to our website vermontnaturalburial.org so that they 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