At American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, a family-owned and operated establishment, we understand the importance of catering to the diverse needs and preferences of our community. As we embark on the construction of a new garden designed specifically for natural and green burials, we would like to address some common concerns and misconceptions about this increasingly popular alternative to traditional burial practices.
What is a natural burial, and how does it differ from a traditional burial?
A natural burial, also known as a green burial, involves placing the body in a biodegradable container or shroud without embalming, allowing it to decompose naturally and return to the earth. This method is in contrast to traditional burial practices that utilize embalming fluids, metal caskets, and concrete vaults. By opting for a natural burial, families can reduce their environmental impact, preserve natural resources, and contribute to the conservation of green spaces.
Is a natural burial more expensive than a traditional burial?
One of the most significant advantages of a natural burial is its affordability. Natural burials often cost less than traditional burials, primarily because they eliminate the need for embalming, expensive caskets, and burial vaults. At American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we strive to provide affordable options for all of our services, and natural burials are no exception.
Are natural burials legal?
Yes, natural burials are legal in all 50 states in the United States. While regulations may vary slightly between states and local jurisdictions, there are no legal barriers to choosing a natural burial. Our team at American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory is well-versed in local regulations and can guide you through the process, ensuring that your loved one’s final wishes are met with dignity and respect.
Can we still have a graveside service or memorial with a natural burial?
Absolutely. Graveside services and memorial gatherings can still take place with a natural burial, just as they would with a traditional burial. We understand the importance of commemorating the life of a loved one and will work closely with you to create a meaningful service that honors their memory.
Will the natural burial area be well-maintained?
At American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we take great pride in the appearance and maintenance of our grounds. Our new natural burial garden will be no exception. While the landscaping in the natural burial area may be more organic and less manicured than in other parts of the cemetery, we will ensure that the space remains a serene and dignified resting place for your loved ones.
Can we place a monument or marker at the natural burial site?
Yes, we understand the importance of memorializing your loved one in a way that reflects their unique life and preferences. We offer a variety of eco-friendly and sustainable monument and marker options, which can be customized to honor your loved one’s memory while remaining in harmony with the natural burial garden’s environment.
At American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we are committed to providing personalized and compassionate services to our community, and our new natural burial garden is just one of the many ways we are fulfilling that promise. By addressing these common concerns, we hope to provide clarity and reassurance for those considering a natural burial for themselves or their loved ones. Our dedicated team is always available to answer any additional questions or concerns you may have.