Natural or Green Burial
The designation “green” points to the most obvious aspect green burials are environmentally friendly. They attempt to protect and preserve the environment and the natural cycles occurring in it. Some people regard these as the most important reasons for having such a burial. Rather than being hermetically sealed in isolation or removed through cremation, the remains of the deceased continue to be part of the natural life cycle of the planet.
Here are some links for you to explore;
In Victoria there is an existing green burial park within the Royal Oak Cemetery.
“Royal Oak Burial Park is the only not-for-profit, community-owned burial park and cremation memorial facility in the Victoria, BC region. “
The Natural Burial Association has a very complete website with tons of great information on green burials.
“Think about your final resting place for a moment. Would you prefer to be surrounded by tombstones and lawns, or by glades and meadows full of birds and butterflies? If your answer is glades and meadows, then a natural burial ground will be the place for you. But there are more reasons to choose a natural burial.”
Another unique process developed in Sweden is called promession.
“The method behind ecological burial is called “Promession” and it is crystal-clear, easy to grasp and accept. It is based on a new combination of tried-and-tested techniques that prepare the corpse for a natural process of decomposition. The procedure is justifiable in terms of ethical, moral, environmental and technical considerations, and does not subject the body to violent or destructive handling.”
The website below explains this leading edge process very thoroughly.