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
  • Natural Burial - What & Why?

    1. 1. Natural Burials in Green Cemeteries:Reuniting People with the Environment
    2. 2. Burial choicesFamily empowermentLand protectionOpen discussion
    3. 3. Burial throughthe Ages
    4. 4. Civil War Era
    5. 5. High Tech Disposal OptionsPromession (freeze dry) Resomation (alkaline hydrolysis)
    6. 6. Other optionsBurial at Sea in some areas Funeral Pyre (open burning)
    7. 7. Evergreen CemeterySoutheast Gainesville
    8. 8. Religion-affiliatedcemeteries
    9. 9. Cemetery businesses
    10. 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. 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. 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. 13. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds
    14. 14. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds
    15. 15. Green Burial CouncilThree certification levels: Hybrid Burial Grounds Natural Burial Grounds Conservation Burial Grounds
    16. 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. 17. Green Burialin other places
    18. 18. Ramsey Creek Preserve –Memorial Ecosystems, SC
    19. 19. Foxfield Preserve, Ohio
    20. 20. Glendale Memorial Preserve,near DeFuniak Springs, Florida
    21. 21. Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery Service of Blessing – October, 2010 First burial: Dr. Kathy Cantwell July, 2010
    22. 22. CONSERVATION &RESTORATION
    23. 23. PRAIRIE CREEK CONSERVATION CEMETERY
    24. 24. Biodegradable Burial Containers
    25. 25. Professional funeral director Family or friend as Acting Funeral Director Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery
    26. 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. 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. 28. Website:www.ConservationBurialinc.org
    29. 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. 30. QUESTIONS & DISCUSSION
    31. 31. Freddie Johnson, Executive DirectorPRAIRIE CREEK CONSERVATION CEMETERY7204 SE County Road 234Gainesville, FL 32641(352) 317-7307www.ConservationBurialinc.org

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