Written By: Caroline Roberts
Published: June 3, 2020
Featured: Benefits of Green Burial, Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, Environmental Impact of Burial
Do you ever wonder what happens to your body after you die?
Like many, you’ll probably end up six feet under the ground. There’ll be a service. Friends and family will say a few words. Then your loved ones will leave, and workers at the cemetery will use a machine to fill in the dirt on top of you. At its best, it’s a prelude to a long road of grieving.
But what if the act of burial was a healing process in and of itself?
Enter natural burials. A natural burial is quite simple. The remains are placed directly into the ground, without the use of a nonbiodegradable casket, burial vault or embalming fluid. Grave sites are dug by hand, and funeral goers are sometimes the ones doing the digging. Natural burials seek to transform our ideas of death and grieving, allowing for a hands-on healing process for the living.