Natural burial grounds, cemeteries and preserves all seek to bury without impediment. That means no embalming, no liners or vaults, and using biodegradable containers, whether caskets, shrouds or nothing at all. These cemeteries are operated in a variety of ways, whether municipal governments, religious group, or individuals, nonprofits, for-profits, or other means. Often these areas are designated natural because they may not be directly affiliated or in partnership with a land trust or other conservation entity but they most likely are committed to following conservation best practices nonetheless. Natural burial cemeteries strive to provide rich experiences for families and friends amidst careful restoration and maintenance of the land and its inhabitants, both above and below ground. Learn more about natural burial below and the GBC standards here.
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Q. How are natural burial cemeteries different from hybrid and conservation cemeteries? A. Generally speaking, natural burial grounds
Q. What about hybrid cemeteries with natural burial ground areas?
Q. What do natural cemeteries and conservation cemeteries have in common? What sets them apart?
Q. Who can run a natural burial cemetery?
Q. Can anyone start a natural burial cemetery on their own property?