*New! update to the digital edition includes interactive table of contents

Welcome to The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide

Since you've landed on this website, you are likely already questioning what will happen to you after death. Green burial is a good alternative to both conventional burial and cremation.  

Green or "natural" burial is a way of disposing of a dead body without formaldehyde-based embalming or environmentally unfriendly concrete burial vaults, in a shroud or biodegradable casket. It also means using minimal heavy equipment for burial and landscaping in a cemetery where the gravesite is part of a reclaimed or existing forest or meadow that is maintained with minimum intervention and supported as open green space. Graves are marked with an engraved fieldstone or no marking at all.

But how do you find it?

With the new update to the digital edition, this full-color 338-page publication now presents 142 cemeteries that practice green burial across the US organized to make it easy to find the closest to you.  Together they make a compelling argument for green burial and offer options for those asking the hard question:  What kind of burial do I want for myself and my loved ones?  While Green Burial Naturally does not endorse one cemetery over another, this one-of-a-kind resource will guide you in making your own informed decisions.

The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide is available as a complete guidebook in print or digital, or in four regions, Northeast, South, Midwest and West. Regions are available in PDF for digital download only.

I know for a fact, nothing even comes close to this guide—more than a great job! Ann Hoffner has by far and away provided the most comprehensive study of natural burial sites in America. This information will help consumers and providers alike better understand their role in this burial option and their regional proximity to these valuable services.
— Ed Bixby, President, Green Burial Council
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Why Green Burial?

Someday someone's going to be left with your body.  Why not decide now what you want that legacy to say?  Sure, you could be cremated but that just burns you up.  Your body is full of good stuff.  Buried naturally in a field or forest those nutrients recycle into the earth, the trees, flowers and bees. 

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