Natural Burial - What & Why?

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  • Mercury, Dioxin, Hydrogen Chloride, Sulfur Dioxide & Nitrogen Dioxide
  • At last count in the United States:13 operating green cemeteries7 or more in development
  • Leaving plenty of time for restoration
  • Trails and boardwalksDevelopment limited to a simple gathering pavilion and with office and parkingBurials on approximately 1/3 of siteBurials at approx 300/acre = 7500 burialsWe calculate it will take over 50 years to fill the cemetery

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  • 1. Natural Burials in Green Cemeteries:Reuniting People with the Environment
  • 2. Burial choicesFamily empowermentLand protectionOpen discussion
  • 3. Burial throughthe Ages
  • 4. Civil War Era
  • 5. High Tech Disposal OptionsPromession (freeze dry) Resomation (alkaline hydrolysis)
  • 6. Other optionsBurial at Sea in some areas Funeral Pyre (open burning)
  • 7. Evergreen CemeterySoutheast Gainesville
  • 8. Religion-affiliatedcemeteries
  • 9. Cemetery businesses
  • 10. Environmental Impactsof Conventional BurialEmbalming / Vault Burials (per year)• 1.6 million tons concrete• 104,000 tons of steel• 2,700 tons copper/bronze• 827,000 gallons formaldehyde• Worker/groundwater impacts• Costs consumer: $6,000 - $10,000 Source: Casket & Funeral Association of America and Cremation Association of America
  • 11. Environmental Impactsof Cremation • Releases pollutants such as mercury and greenhouse gases • Fossil fuel for 1400o F. for 2 hours • 32% of U.S. burials in 2005, more than 50% in Florida • Costs consumer: $1,000 - $5,000 Source: Cremation Association of America
  • 12. Finding Harmonywith Nature Conservation Burial: • Protects land in perpetuity • Accomplishes ecological restoration • Funds further land acquisition • Costs consumer: $2000 for cemetery costs Source: Green Burial Council
  • 13. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds
  • 14. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds
  • 15. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds Conservation Burial Grounds
  • 16. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds Conservation Burial GroundsPrairie Creek Conservation Cemeteryis the first certified cemetery in Florida
  • 17. Green Burialin other places
  • 18. Ramsey Creek Preserve –Memorial Ecosystems, SC
  • 19. Foxfield Preserve, Ohio
  • 20. Glendale Memorial Preserve,near DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • 21. Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Service of Blessing – October, 2010 First burial: Dr. Kathy Cantwell July, 2010
  • 22. CONSERVATION &RESTORATION
  • 23. PRAIRIE CREEK CONSERVATION CEMETERY
  • 24. Biodegradable Burial Containers
  • 25. Professional funeral director Family or friend as Acting Funeral Director Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
  • 26. Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Costs:Human burial . . . . . . . . . . $2000Cremated remains . . . . . . $ 250Pet remains . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 100 - $400(based on size)Prices include opening and closing, gravemarker, and all proceeds go for perpetualland management and acquisition ofadditional conservation lands. Prices do not include: transport to the cemetery, optional funeral director services, and optional rental of Lodge
  • 27. The mission of CONSERVATION BURIAL, INC.is to promote natural burial practices in cemeteries that conserve land andre-unite people with the environment.
  • 28. Website:www.ConservationBurialinc.org
  • 29. CONSERVATION BURIAL, INC.DIRECTORSAllan Moynihan, PresidentSven Hanson, Vice PresidentSusan Marynowski, Secretary ADVISORSRobert Hutchinson, Treasurer Tom Ankersen, AdvisorLaurie Jennings, Board member Fred Cantrell, AdvisorMickey Milam, Board member Donna Isaacs, AdvisorJim Wagner, Board member LoraKim Joyner, Advisor Larry Schwandes, Advisor Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, & Bowden, PA – Legal counsel
  • 30. QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION
  • 31. Freddie Johnson, Executive DirectorPRAIRIE CREEK CONSERVATION CEMETERY7204 SE County Road 234Gainesville, FL 32641(352) 317-7307www.ConservationBurialinc.org