Natural Burials Symposium

Thu, February 08, 2018 9:30AM to 3:00PM (Eastern)
Plymouth, MA
Chiltonville Congregational Church
Invitation to a funeral—a funeral within a forest:

We are burying the 20th century conventions of death and dying in Massachusetts and at the same time uncovering or rediscovering the timeless concepts of death with dignity, a natural part of life.

Explore with us the value of a home funeral and how a purposeful ceremony can result in a healing and enriching experience for family and loved ones. Come realize what a forest resting place might offer….

Our goal of establishing natural cemeteries in this region and beyond can help preserve our precious lands for future generations as well as make available a meaningful and caring end of life experience.

Join us at the Chiltonville Congregational Church, 6 River Street, Plymouth, MA.  for a day-long conversation about how to make natural burials a reality.



This symposium will cover a range of topics:

  • Dying at home and natural deathcare
  • History of burial practices
  • Massachusetts laws regarding burials
  • The science of soils and decompostion
  • Different facets of burial options
  • Conservation potential



Register by Febuary 1, 2018 if you would like the catered Lunch. Please note (vegetarian or not).

Registering above allows Paypal or credit card payment by Feb. 7 for the Symposium,

or if you send a check with your name, affiliation and lunch choice by February 1, 2018 to:

SEMPBA
204 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, Mass. 02360


We would appreciate your help in sponsoring this event. Note ‘Natural Burials’ with your contribution and your entire donation will go towards sponsoring this symposium.

Your name or the name of your organization will be displayed on all promotional materials by request. SEMPBA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.

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