I attended a Gray Panthers meeting and heard a speaker on Natural Burial. I was unaware that it was legal, that it was inexpensive, environmentally friendly and for many a better and more natural alternative. I was also unaware how widespread it had become.
Natural Burial of New Mexico, operates La Puerta Natural Burial Ground about 60 miles from Albuquerque. Natural Burial of New Mexico provides an inexpensive, environmentally sound solution to your remains at death. The body only has to be wrapped in an organic wrap; however, Natural Burial of New Mexico can arrange for an acceptable pine casket made by Fathers Building Futures, which provides training and work for fathers that have been in prison. You can do a lot of good at the end of your life.
Once the body is released by Hospice, the hospital, or the Medical Examiner, you can pick it up and take it to La Puerta Natural Burial Ground which is about 60 miles from Albuquerque. If you don’t want to transport the body yourself, and I must admit that I am not sure that I want to load a loved one in the back seat of my car and drive for 60 miles, Natural Burial has an arrangement with a local mortuary to transport the body, or Natural Burial will help you with the transport.
The body can’t be embalmed; if it is, they put it in an adjacent five acre plot so as to maintain the natural burial ground. You can have a natural marker but it has to blend in with the ground.
Natural burial is Kosher.
In addition, they also provide natural burial for pets for about $175.
The cost at the present time for the plot, burial and transportation to the site is $695. This does not include a coffin or cremation.
It relieves one from the stress of the funeral industry and its guilt-inducing arguments.
This is a national thing and a number of funeral homes are getting involved; however, you want to watch out for extras that may add to the cost.
You can read more in National Geographic News.
Natural Burial is available nation-wide and in Canada. You can find a provider on the Green Burial Council Web page.
You can also read up on natural burial on Amazon.