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Friday, June 13, 2008

Finding the Green Cemetery Coming to You

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 -- -- 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?

• Humboldt

• Denver area

• Northwest part of state

• Central Georgia
• Milton

• Maui

• Southern Illinois

• Bloomington
• Northeast Indiana (greater Chicago area)
• Indianapolis

• Cedar Rapids

• Lawrence

• Lexington
• Winchester

• Ann Arbor
• Detroit area
• Lansing area

• Minneapolis

• Rocheport

New Hampshire
• Monadnock region

New Mexico
• Santa Fe

New York
• Tarrytown
• Hudson Valley area

• Cleveland
• Cincinatti

• Portland
• Eugene

• Lehigh Valley
• Philadelphia

• Central Texas
• Houston
• Dallas
• Austin
• Big Bend

• Roanoke
• Culpeper

• Milwaukee
• Barneveld


In Canada:
• Vancouver Island
• Paisley
• Nova Scotia

Mark Harris, author
Grave Matters (


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Anonymous said...

I would be interested to hear about the projects in the Wyoming and Colorado areas. Of course, I should have plenty of time to look . . .

Mark Harris said...

Hi, Kathleen,
Thanks for checking in. The Colorado group is looking to site a green cemetery a couple of miles east of Denver. At the moment, it's having some trouble with access so is also looking at establishing a green cemetery on existing cemetery land. See the group's web page for more:

Let me get in touch with the person who is interested in doing something in Wyoming. If you send me your e-mail address (to I'll send you his information, if he wishes.

Thanks, Kathleen!

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