Green burials in Waukesha

by thoughtfulconservative

From the Waukesha Freeman

Those who wish to be kind to the environment when they die might soon be able to opt for a “green” burial at Prairie Home Cemetery.

“A green burial is basically a way to go back to the idea of ashes to ashes and dust to dust. There is no embalming or vault and the person is buried in a pine or corrugated cardboard and wood box or a simple burial shroud,” said David Brenner, cemetery manager. “Green burials are starting to be more and more appealing to people.”

I thought there was some kind of regulatory reason we had vaults and embalming. You know like bodies decomposing and seeping into the ground water. I don’t know. Maybe someone else does.

Having lived in a third world country, I observed a few “green burials.” Being tropical, you had a short time to get the body in the ground. Wisconsin’s climate would probably ameliorate that along with freezers and all, so there would be still time to gather the relatives.

Of course, being “green” technology, these burials will be more expensive than regular ones.

Between this and burying pets, the cemetery should be in the black in no time.


2 Comments to “Green burials in Waukesha”

  1. Embalming is not required by law except in a very few narrow cases. Vaults are also not required by law – most cemeteries however require them, supposedly to prevent the earth from settling when the casket collapses.

    You can find great info on green burials at these sites:

    Green funerals are growing in popularity and will become mainstream in the near future – maybe not as popular as cremations – but close.


  2. Natural Burial Around the World

    The modern concept of natural burial began in the UK in 1993 and has since spread across the globe. According the Centre for Natural Burial, there are now several hundred natural burial grounds in the United Kingdom and half a dozen sites across the USA, with others planned in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and even China.

    A natural burial allows you to use your funeral as a conservation tool to create, restore and protect urban green spaces.

    The Centre for Natural Burial provides comprehensive resources supporting the development of natural burial and detailed information about natural burial sites around the world. With the Natural Burial Co-operative newsletter you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the rapidly growing trend of natural burial including, announcements of new and proposed natural burial sites, book reviews, interviews, stories and feature articles.

    The Centre for Natural Burial

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