Markers may be selected from stones within Cedar Brook Burial Ground. Here is an example of a stone with engraving at CBBG.
If you wish to have a stone engraved, the names of local craftsmen are available. Contact us for this or any other information you desire.
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Cedar Brook Burial Ground is a Green Cemetery. Click here if you would like more information on green burial options at CBBG.
Posted on Penn Forest Natural Burial Cemetery July 5, 2012
Post written by Nancy Chubb, PhD, MBA
I was recently asked my thoughts on how to explain green burial to a family member from my perspective as a psychologist. So here they are:
- Assume your family member knows nothing about green burial and that your first mission is to explain it, as in “I was reading an article about green burial and how it is the most traditional way to handle the body after death. Have you ever heard of it?” Remember while green burial has been practiced for thousands of years, burial with toxic embalming fluids and concrete burial vaults is what most people now think of as “normal.” Be patient; changing attitudes takes time and education.
- Talk about green burial with friends who are less invested in the end-of-life decisions you make for yourself. This will help you get better at explaining your own reasons for choosing a natural burial when you talk to a family member.
- Don’t try to convince your family members that what is right for you is right for them. That will put them on the defensive and they are not likely to stay open to your ideas.
- If your family member is not open at all to this “new” option for burial, accept that and let it be. Just be sure that this person is not appointed as your “Agent for Body Disposition” because if they are, you probably will not get that green burial that you want. If you put a “Green burial is the way to go” bumper sticker on your car, everyone will know what you want!
If you purchase a plot ahead of time, it increases the likelihood that you will end up in it (it doesn’t make sense for the family to buy another plot in a non-green cemetery when there is a lovely site already paid for). Remember – it is your body, your choice, but you have to set up the legal structure NOW because you won’t be able to after you are dead.
Have you had experience talking to family and friends about your choice for a green burial? We’d love to hear more about it. Feel free to leave remarks in the comments below!
Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, N.C. From Newsweek
Cedar Brook Burial Ground offers burials within a tree farm. A stone may be selected from within the cemetery to use as a marker. Plants that occur natural in the area may be planted. For more information or a tour of CBBG contact Peter McHugh at Cedar Brook Burial Ground, Inc.
175 Boothby Road, P.O. Box 511, Limington, ME 04049-0511