Going Out Green

A panel discussion on GREEN BURIALS

Many of us strive to live in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious way. Shouldn’t our death and funeral arrangements honor the environment as well?

A few generations ago, all burials in the US were “green” burials, part of the natural cycle of life and death. Come learn about why interest in this practice is growing. The panel will talk about the history and options for green burial and about what we can do to establish green burials in Bolton.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm
Bolton Public Library,
738 Main St, Bolton, MA

Learn About Natural Burial

RESCHEDULED for June 6, 2018
7pm to 8:30
First Parish Church of Groton
1 Powderhouse Road, Groton, MA

For thousands of years families have taken care of their loved ones at home after death, and buried them directly in the earth with simplicity and dignity.
These affordable and environmentally friendly choices are still possible today.

You may not realize that…
• Embalming is not required.
• A family can fill out and file the death certificate.
• A family can transport the deceased to the cemetery or crematory.
• Natural burials are legal in Massachusetts, but few cemeteries in the state are performing them.
• Each cremation uses fossil fuels for 2 to 3 hours at 1900 degrees, releases mercury and other pollutants into the air and produces 250 to 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide.

This program will introduce you to natural burial and home funerals. It will describe the enormous personal benefits that come with this profound moment in a family’s life.
Come learn about re-establishing these loving traditions, the legal facts and logistical details. Find out why and how you can change the rules for your cemetery or create a new burial ground that conserves open space. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers.

Featured Speaker ~ Candace Currie
Candace is the Director of Planning & Cemetery Development at Mount Auburn Cemetery, which has been allowing natural burials since 2014, and
the Director of Green Burial Massachusetts, Inc.

Introduction by Peg Lorenz ~ Peg has been a home funeral guide for 12 years and is the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice care and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance.

Contact Peg Lorenz at 978-425-6602
Or peglor@comcast.net

This event is offered free of charge.
Donations will be accepted.


Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Seven Days
July 19, 2017

Fred Cheyette plans to be buried in a hayfield next to his house in the town of Orange. His body will be wrapped in a simple cotton sheet and placed three and a half feet deep in the earth, with an oak sapling planted atop the grave.

“So my body feeds the tree,” said the 86-year-old retired engineer and psychotherapist, who is peppier and more youthful looking than his years suggest.

Continue reading on sevendaysvt.com

This Is How I Want to Be Dead

The New York Times
July 7, 2017

Years ago, doing some research in England on moles — the burrowing kind — I paid a visit to the grave of Kenneth Grahame. As author of “The Wind in the Willows,” Grahame was the creator of the fictional Mole, a mild-mannered character beloved by children everywhere for messing about in boats, bumbling dimly into the Wild Wood and otherwise misadventuring with Ratty, Badger and Mr. Toad of Toad Hall.

Continue reading at The New York Times

With green caskets, a more earth-friendly end

Boston Globe
December 09, 2016

As Arlington resident and suburban mom Ruth Faas leads a plumber down the stairs off her kitchen, she warns him he might find her basement a bit unusual, and maybe even disturbing.

That’s because it contains the inventory for her business neatly stacked against a wall: coffins.

How did a nice mom like Faas end up with a basement like this?

It’s in her blood. Her uncle ran a funeral home in western New York, a few hours away from where she grew up in Albany. For three summers she baby-sat her young nephews in their living quarters above the home.

Continue reading on Bostonglobe.com

Natural Burial: Bringing Death Back Down to Earth

The Progressive
August 3, 2016

Shelia Champion wasn’t surprised when she got the call saying her father had died. Her father, “Buster” Stice, a one-time cattleman from Stockton, Kansas, was almost eighty-six by then and in hospice care with advanced prostate cancer. On her last visit weeks before, Champion had been shocked at how bad her father looked. As she hugged  him before heading back to Alabama, she suspected it would be their last goodbye. Continue reading on progressive.org.

Green burial movement advocates alternative to conventional interment

Daily Hampshire Gazette
November 11, 2015

As green living continues to take a more prominent place in the United States, there is now a growing movement that is focusing on green dying.

“Imagine living your whole life as an environmentally conscious person and at the end of your life, they pump you full of embalming fluid,” said Judith Lorei of Green Burial Massachusetts, and a member of the cemetery commission in Montague who spoke earlier this month at the Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst. Continue reading on Gazettenet.com