Ramsey Creek Preserve was the lone natural cemetery in this country when I began reporting on the green burial movement almost a decade ago. Now there are ten, and like prices at the gas pump, that number is headed inexorably upward.
Just look at the list below.
Here, by state, are the efforts I know about to grow green cemeteries throughout North America. They’re in various stages of development. Some are poised to open; others are still in the exploratory phase. All involve folks who are passionate about creating space for a sensible, natural return to the elements in their own corner of the planet.
Want to know more? Want to join their efforts? Beam me up an e-mail -- email@example.com -- and I’ll put you in touch with the forces that are driving your project of interest.
Next week: I'll report on a company that's opening woodland cemeteries that allow for the burial of cremated remains only.
The photo above is the ultimate in memento mori. How could you forget your mortality with this image wallpapered onto your living room ceiling?
California • Humboldt
Colorado • Denver area
Connecticut • Northwest part of state
Georgia • Central Georgia • Milton
Hawaii • Maui
Illinois • Southern Illinois
Indiana • Bloomington • Northeast Indiana (greater Chicago area) • Indianapolis
Iowa • Cedar Rapids
Kansas • Lawrence
Kentucky • Lexington • Winchester
Michigan • Ann Arbor • Detroit area • Lansing area
Minnesota • Minneapolis
Missouri • Rocheport
New Hampshire • Monadnock region
New Mexico • Santa Fe
New York • Tarrytown • Hudson Valley area
Ohio • Cleveland • Cincinatti
Oregon • Portland • Eugene
Pennsylvania • Lehigh Valley • Philadelphia
Texas • Central Texas • Houston • Dallas • Austin • Big Bend
Virginia • Roanoke • Culpeper
Wisconsin • Milwaukee • Barneveld
In Canada: • Vancouver Island • Paisley • Nova Scotia
Mark Harris, author Grave Matters (www.gravematters.us)