What is Natural Burial?

According to the Funeral Consumers Alliance, natural or green burial is when "the body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable coffin or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault. The grave site is allowed to return to nature."

SEMPBA held a symposium to discuss natural burials and the implications for land conservation on February 8, 2018 with speakers from the Green Burial Council, Green Burial Massachusetts, the Town of Plymouth, and more. We would like to thank all of the presenters and everyone who came to learn about this important topic. See below for presentation ands more information from the event.

Natural Burial Symposium Presentations

Presentation by Nate Horwitz-Willis, the Public Health Director for the Town of Plymouth:

Public Health Perspective: Green Burials

Presentation by Candace Currie, Mount Auburn Cemetery:

Changing American Burial Grounds and Practices

Presentation by Jim Rassman: Click here

Author Ann Hoffner speaks at the Natural Burial Symposium hosted by SEMPBA on February 8, 2018.
Author Ann Hoffner speaks at the Natural Burial Symposium hosted by SEMPBA on February 8, 2018.