Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Crestone achieves first certified natural cemetery in Colorado

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

"We bury enough metal in caskets in the ground each year to rebuild the Golden Gate Bridge, and we bury enough reinforced concrete vaults — about 1.6 million tons — to build a two-lane highway from New York to Detroit," says Joe Sehee, executive director of the Green Burial Council.

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  • Green burial doesn't just refer to the pretty grass.

That's an excerpt from former Indy staffer Jill Thomas' 2009 cover story on sustainable burial methods.

Thomas' feature immediately came to mind as I opened an email yesterday from Akia Tanara, town manager for the town of Crestone, located in the San Luis Valley.

Tanara was excited to report that Crestone had earned "the first certified natural (green) burial ground in Colorado! This is a project the Town has been working to complete for several years, and we are quite proud of this accomplishment."

Tanara's release provides a brief summary of green burial's principles:

Green burial serves those who wish to have their untreated bodily remains or ashes buried to biodegrade in a natural area free of chemical or synthetic materials. It spares the Earth harmful chemicals from embalming and metal or treated hardwoods used in most coffins. Green burial also encourages greater involvement of survivors who may choose to prepare, transport and bury their loved ones. The age-old process of placing a body directly into the ground during a simple funeral ceremony is less expensive and far more meaningful than its contemporary counterpart.

Read the full press release here:

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