Dying to be green? Natural burials in New York
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Patricia Gillespie, a film student at New York University contacted me this week about her short documentary piece entitled “Dirt: Dying green in NY.”
The film aims to educate viewers on the benefits of Natural burial and introduces them to green burial opportunities in New York.
It focuses on Greensprings Natural Cemetary Preserve; located in Newfield, NY. Greensprings is one of only 12 public green burial grounds in the USA.
The film also features the Hudson Valley Green Burial Association; a group who are opening a green burial ground and eco mortuary.
Patricia explains, “Natural Burial is a rising trend within the green movement. Already quite popular abroad and in California, Natural Burial is fast making its way to the east coast. “Dying Green” isn’t just for hippies anymore.”
Motivated not only by ecological concerns, but also economic and emotional ones, “Dirt” explores the ideas behind green burials.
Green and natural
According to the documentary, with ‘traditional’ burials, bodies are embalmed using chemicals, disinfectants are sprayed into the mouth and superglue is used to seal the lips.
With a green burial, no embalming is provided and the body is returned to the earth in as natural a state as possible.
If you want to give something back to the world, you might consider a green burial.
What about you? What are your thoughts on green burials?
Photo credit: Eco Coffins
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