This book unravels the many different experiences, meanings and
realities of natural burial. Twenty years after the first natural
burial ground opened there is an opportunity to reflect on how a
concept for a very different approach to caring for our dead has
become a reality: new providers, new landscapes and a hybrid of new
and traditional rituals. In this short time the natural burial
movement has flourished. In the UK there are more than 200 sites,
and the concept has travelled to North America, Holland, Australia,
New Zealand and Japan.
This survey of natural burials draws on interviews with those
involved in the natural burial process - including burial ground
managers, celebrants, priests, bereaved family, funeral directors -
providing a variety of viewpoints on the concept as a philosophy
and landscape practice. Site surveys, design plans and case studies
illustrate the challenges involved in creating a natural burial
site, and a key longitudinal case study of a single site
investigates the evolving nature of the practice.
Natural Burial is the first book on this subject to
bring together all the groups and individuals involved in the
practice, explaining the facts behind this type of burial and
exploring a topic which is attracting significant media interest
and an upsurge of sites internationally.