I have long felt that I did not want my last act on earth to be a polluting one and the emergence of the natural burial or green funeral movement is very welcome. This writing by an unknown author says it very well
‘As we near the end of our journey on this world, we should remember those we leave behind.
We should allow them to remember the times we enjoyed, brief moments, long memories.
Our final resting place should be a symbol of our presence on earth.
It should be a part of nature, a part of the living, ever changing, ever growing, ever being.
A place where life gone is celebrated by life anew.
A wooded field, a part of England in a place of tranquillity and of beauty.’
I like the idea of the woodland burial now emerging here in which your role is to provide the sustenance for the soil, perhaps be part of a migration corridor for wildlife and be part of the something that will benefit future generations unlike traditional cemeteries which are overcrowded and built up and crematoria which are often atmosphere less conveyer belts. I like the idea of not seeing rows of decaying headstones too but a meadow and then a wood.
|natural burials brochure cover|
It seems to be amazing that even now we are not really geared up to this or thinking too much about it. This from a Co operative Society website about coffins:
Requests for more environmentally friendly coffins made from recycled or responsibly sourced materials are still very much in their infancy but are set to grow.