Green burial (also called natural burial) is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact. Its main requirements are that caskets or burial shrouds must be biodegradable, toxic embalming fluids are prohibited, and burial vaults are not used. Grave markers, if desired, are made from local stone or wood and placed flat to the ground.
Is Green Burial For You?
Most of the Christian burials in the United States were green burials until the last 150 years or so. Green burial is not a new concept. Members of the Jewish and Muslim faiths routinely practice a form of green burial and have for centuries.
A natural burial site promotes growth of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, and brings birds and other wildlife to the area. Resources are not wasted in the burial process. Instead, a green burial protects the environment and conserves the land. Additionally, Penn Forest is a peaceful place for loved ones to visit.
As with any major decision, we recommend being as informed as possible. For more information you are welcome to contact us. Additionally, the Green Burial Pittsburgh and Green Burial Council are great websites to learn more.
What is a natural burial park cemetery?
A natural burial park cemetery bears little resemblance to a conventional cemetery. There are no manicured lawns or rows of headstones. Penn Forest Natural Burial Park is both a natural area and a cemetery. Trails meander through the forest and naturalists are working to restore the site by planting native meadow grasses, wildflowers and trees.