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Shedden Farley's mother, Linda, was passionate about a lot of causes, including the environment. When she died in 2009 at the age of 80, the family knew they wanted a natural burial that would have a minimal ecological impact, says Farley, a general contractor in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Green Burial Council sets out four goals for an eco friendly funeral:
Some eco friendly cemeteries permit grave markers; others provide GPS coordinates for the family's future visits.
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means planning for their funerals, or their parents' funerals, in an eco friendly way.
About 50 others have made prearrangements, which involved a $2,500 donation to the nonprofit Linda Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, and paying $1,000 for burial rights, says Kevin Corrado, who runs the sanctuary's burial program. The fee doesn't include funeral home costs, although in Wisconsin, a family member may act as funeral director.
Natural Path Sanctuary, which has not sought council certification, opened in 2011 and has about 30 people buried there, including Gene Farley, who died last year at 86.
"Not only did we dig the grave, but we put her in the grave, and we filled the grave and it was an amazingly cathartic thing to do," says Sheddon Farley, one of Linda's five sons. "It was a way of being intimate with our mother right up until we would never see her again."
Today there are more than 40 certified green cemeteries in North America, according to Joe Sehee, the council's founder. "When baby boomers start to die, I think you'll see a lot more of it. They have a keen interest in environmentalism," says Nike Air Presto Woven Se Sehee, 53, who lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Cremation is accepted at some cemeteries but not all, because of the fossil fuel burned and the pollutants that may be released from dental fillings and artificial joints.
Still, it's a deal compared to conventional burials. The national median cost of a funeral was more than $7,000 in 2012, plus an additional $1,300 for a vault, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
At Natural Path, visitors walk along paths covered in wood chips. "You walk through there, and you may notice the two freshest (graves) that are maybe a couple of weeks old. Otherwise, you have no idea" it's a cemetery, says Farley.
The experience spurred his father, Gene, to suggest that the family set aside 25 acres, which has become the Natural Path Sanctuary, a nature preserve and burial ground, near Madison, Wisconsin.
The environmental burial movement is mostly a recent phenomenon. Ramsey Creek preserve opened as the country's first "green" cemetery in Westminster, South Carolina, in 1998. It was seven years later that the Green Burial Council, an Ojai based advocacy group, formed.
Practices for green burials vary. Some families dig their own graves, while others have that done for them. Some cemeteries allow Nike Presto Zen Grey
Many traditional cultures practice natural burials that don't interfere with the organic process of decomposition. In today's America, however, it is more common to place an embalmed body in a wood or metal casket, and inter it in a concrete vault. Cemeteries are often flat, with landscaped lawns and rows of headstones.
Because there were no "green" cemeteries near Linda Farley's home in rural Wisconsin, the family got permission to bury her Nike Presto Women
only shrouds, while others permit an unfinished coffin built of sustainable wood.
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