How does green burial work?

With green burial, a body is not embalmed. (Refrigeration, dry ice or techni-ice will cool the body if immediate burial is not possible or desired.) The body is enclosed in a biodegradable container (such as a cardboard coffin, pine box or natural fiber shroud, and placed directly into the earth rather than into an outer concrete grave liner or vault. A flat memorial stone or planting may serve as a grave marker. Or there may be no marker at all (computer mapping lets your loved ones know exactly where you are). Burial at a depth of 3.5-4 feet will permit access by aerobic bacteria to enhance decomposition.

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