If you have decided that natural burial is the best option for you and your family, you are making a wise choice. No one chooses to be cremated (that’s where the term “ashes” comes from) and the truth is that no one likes the thought of being burned or having a mass of chemicals pumped into their body. There is also the fact that cemeteries can be unsightly, cold, and crowded places that make you feel uncomfortable if you do not feel like staying for the entire evening. If you would prefer to bury your loved one in the ground rather than having them burned or disinterred, there are many options to choose from. However, you should consider several things before deciding on which burial method is right for you.
There are many people who choose natural burial because it is a more cost effective way to go. There is no need to buy a burial ground in a cemetery when you can simply create a grave in your own yard. This can be accomplished fairly easily with the use of a shovel, hole digger, cedar plank, or flagstone. The actual process of burying your loved one in a mound of earth can be much easier than if they were buried in a traditional cemetery.
Another benefit to natural burial is that it allows relatives to do what they want to do with the remains. You may decide that you want to bury the remains outdoors and then have a memorial service and dig up the plot on your own later. Again, this can be done quite easily by using a flat-bladed saw, chisel, or a digging fork. If you choose to bury your loved one in the ground, you will not have to pay for any type of burial facility like a casket or headstone. Again, this makes natural burial an excellent choice for someone who does not want a final memorial service and doesn’t like the idea of any type of monetary cost associated with a funeral or memorial service.