Is natural burial right for you?
A quick, preliminary way to determine if natural burial is right for you is to answer these few questions:
1) Is preservation through embalming important to you?
2) Is a landscaped or manicured lawn and gardens important to you?
3) Is an individual marker or headstone on each gravesite important to you?
4) Will you expect to plant flowers at the gravesite?
5) Do you consider a casket a reflection of one’s socioeconomic status?
6) Is a traditional style casket important to you?
If you answered no to these questions, then natural burial is an option you may wish to consider. To receive more information and updates on The Preserve at All Saints Cemetery, click below.
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For many, keeping it simple is a way of life
A desire for simpler, more basic choices has inspired a renewed appreciation for natural burial. In response, forward-thinking cemeteries are designating separate tracts of land for use as natural burial grounds. In a green cemetery such as The Preserve, the grounds themselves are preserved in a more natural state—that is, pavement and landscaping typical of traditional cemeteries are excluded. Instead, this land is treated with great respect that both a nature preserve and a cemetery deserve.
What’s old is new again
Natural burial is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it is as old as the funeral ritual itself. Some of the motivation behind this new interest in natural burial—sometimes referred to as a green burial—is to offer a natural alternative for conducting a burial. Above all else, The Preserve is a sacred burial ground that will be cared for to the highest standards for which we have been known for many generations.
What it is, what it isn’t
The Preserve at All Saints will continue to honor the important traditions of the funeral ritual, though burials held here are done so in a manner that is consistent with a nature preserve. Today, the basic definition of a natural burial is one that eliminates the use of nonbiodegradable materials. What nonbiodegradable materials are eliminated? Chemicals for one. Other commonly used materials that are excluded include metal caskets and concrete vault liners. Instead, a natural burial utilizes simple, sustainable materials such as pine or wicker caskets so that nature may take its course following the natural rhythms of life.