What is natural burial? A natural burial is exactly like what it sounds. It is the most natural way possible of disposing of the deceased. The body is returned to the earth without being cremated or embalmed, ensuring that nothing is harmed in the process. The body is generally buried in a simple casket, or covered by a simple shroud. The natural burial must take place in a protected green space, ensuring a low impact burial.
A natural burial is a burial that has the least impact on the environment possible. A natural burial must reduce energy and resource consumption, and must not produce unnecessary toxins. A natural burial ground will be reserved for the purpose of green burials only, this going on to protect wild spaces from being converted into concrete jungles or quarries.
A totally 100% natural burial would not include the use of a headstone. Many people do however choose to use a marker in order to memorialize the deceased. The difference here that needs to be noted however is that any markers that are used in a natural burial ground must only contain natural materials that won’t intrude on the landscape.
Instead of a headstone, a tree or a shrub may be used. If you really want a stone, then it must be a flat indigenous stone which you can choose to have engraved. Green burial grounds have records in the same way a traditional cemetery does, and this includes GIS mapping. What this means is that any headstones that are wrongly used will be detected and removed.
When choosing the site for a green burial, you need to make sure that the chosen site will not have a detrimental or harmful impact on the environment. There are laws and regulations in the UK on where a green burial can take place, and these include the burial site being a certain distance away from sources of fresh water sources. As long as you choose a green burial site that is listed as safe, your natural burial will not be dangerous. If you wish to be buried on private land, it is preferred that the proposed site is inspected before to ensure it is appropriate.
One important point that must be considered when choosing a natural burial is that embalming is not compatible due to the toxic chemicals the process produces. There are some green embalming fluids now available that provide a more natural alternative and that are allowed in some natural burial grounds.
The whole concept of a natural burial is however the use of nothing but natural processes. In order for the body of the deceased to be reabsorbed by the land, embalming should not be used. Many people choose to be buried along with the seeds of a tree. This means that as the tree grows, it will be nourished by the naturally decomposing body, giving life to the tree and ensuring that the life of the deceased carries on for many years to come.