October 31, 2011
Believers say natural burial shows reverence for the land as well as the departed
“The thought of getting filled up with formaldehyde and being placed in a sealed, laminated casket and put into a cement box in the ground is not in keeping with preserving Mother Earth,” said Blechschmidt, a volunteer chaplain at Northern Illinois University.
“We believe the soul is eternal and immortal. So we want to leave as small a physical footprint as possible. If you honor the Earth you live on, how can you desecrate her and still honor the person you’re burying?”
Read the full article and see video (3:02) at the Chicago Tribune
Thanks to the Death…and More Blog for altering us to this article.