Spirit sanctuary in the news
Link: Spirit Sanctuary on Earther
Link: Spirit Sanctuary on Vermont Public Radio
Link: Spirit Sanctuary in The Sun
more about green burial
Link: Green Burial Council website
Link: Land Trust Alliance article
Link: Kennebec Land Trust paper 'Green Burial: The Natural Way to Go'
what do you want to leave behind?
Modern Westerners hide from death, delay it as long as possible, decline to talk about it; then when it finally occurs to a loved one, spend thousands of dollars trying to keep that person from returning to the soil, with caskets, chemicals, and cement tombstones. Cemeteries occupy some of the most fertile and productive lands in North America; yet rather than supporting wildlife or the living, most of these cemeteries are managed as lawns, with the attendant carbon-intensive mowing, herbicide applications, and lack of biodiversity in these “green deserts.” Burial need not be so sterile and destructive. More and more people are embracing clean burials and green or conservation cemeteries, and using their final actions to support good causes and a greener legacy.
how it works
A family or individual reserves a burial site ahead of time, and shows that a portion of the estate (no minimum requirement, but at least a tithe urged) will go to pre-approved conservation groups, Spirit Sanctuary charges considerably less than conventional burial costs, and uses the modest fee to cover our administrative and management costs, including burial itself. (Rewilding Earth editor John Davis is our principal grave-digger!)
The Spirit Sanctuary team works with an end of life consultant who introduces the process of reserving a site in Spirit Sanctuary and shares information about other services that are available. (As examples, end of life body care may be provided, a pre-interment service may be held at a nearby farm, or a local horse drawn wagon may be hired to carry the deceased to the gravesite.)
Families who do not plan ahead, and have not reserved a site and committed money to land protection groups, will still be allowed to be interred for a modest price. Excess money will go towards the Eddy Foundation's administrative costs for conserving wildlife habitat, in accordance with its mission.
Spirit Sanctuary Partners
Our list of partners is growing. If you are an area organization, please reach out about partnering with Spirit Sanctuary to offer your patrons a greener legacy including a bequest to your organization.