From cardboard caskets to the absence of harmful chemicals, some people choose to minimize the impact to the environment after they die.
Dennis Pillsbury’s family chose to bury him in a wooded setting at Cedar Brook Burial Ground in Limington, Maine, after his death in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Joan Pillsbury)
When Joan Pillsbury’s grandfather died, the family held a viewing, had a funeral — the works.
“He was embalmed, and I remember thinking he did not look anything like that when he was alive,” she said. “The whole idea that you can preserve a loved one in perpetuity is not something I agree with.”
Then, in 2009, she heard an interview with Mark Harris, author of “Grave Matters,” a book that follows families who found green burials to be a more natural, economical, and even meaningful alternative to the funeral parlor. Read more.
Posted: to Green Burial in the News on Wed, Apr 21, 2021
Updated: Wed, Apr 21, 2021