Green Burial Massachusetts. It is the way we used to do it.

What is green burial?

A green burial is one in which:

  • the body is not embalmed;
  • the burial container is made of biodegradable materials (soft wood, cardboard, wicker) or the body is wrapped in a shroud;
  • there is no vault or cement grave liner – the container or body is placed directly on the soil;
  • a headstone, if used, is fieldstone or made from indigenous material.

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Is green burial legal? Yes.

Massachusetts state law does not require a grave liner or vault. Cemeteries develop their own rules and regulations about the kind of burial that is allowable in their cemetery.

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Where can I have a green burial in Massachusetts?

Many cemeteries in Massachusetts don’t yet allow green burial. We are developing a list of those that do.

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