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Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
Did you know there is no state law requiring the use of a casket or coffin for burial? Every cemetery has its own specific requirements for burial. Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum does not require traditional coffins or outer burial containers–often called vaults–which surround the casket for green burials. Old-fashioned pine, wicker, or other bio-degradable materials including burial shrouds are perfectly acceptable. Also known as natural burial, this option is free of both conventional chemicals and non-renewable resources. Green burial is often a more affordable funeral option compared to conventional burial, as it forgoes embalming and the outer burial container. You may already know that “green burial” is an eco-friendly burial option. The body is buried in a biodegradable container like a wicker casket or a simple shroud. There is no concrete vault. There is also no embalming, which releases toxic chemicals into the ground. But along with being more environmentally friendly, did you also know that green burials are also a more family-involved burial option? In most cases, the deceased’s loved ones blanket the body with greens and flowers picked for them at the cemetery, before lowering–and sometimes burying–the body themselves. “It is sort of a nice way to tuck that person in and gently place that first layer on top of them. It helps families with the closure on the physical aspect of death,” says Gracie Griffin, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum’s Green Burial expert. To learn more about Green Burial, you may contact Gracie or Rick at 314) 381-0750, or visit http://bellefontainecemetery.org/ecoburial-soc/.