January 29, 2012
LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More than three years after his wife’s “green” burial, Lafayette’s Tom Keiser continues to be comforted when he visits her final resting place.
Keiser’s wife, Susan, who died in September 2008 at 61, was buried in The Preserve at Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette — the first green cemetery in the state, according to the nonprofit Green Burial Council in Santa Fe, N.M.
Today, the 1.5-acre site off Indiana 25 North is the final resting place for 23 people, including Susan Keiser.
“This is what Susan wanted,” Keiser said of his wife, who was a Marine veteran. “It was good closure for me and our family.”
Green burials, which are eco-friendly, have been called a movement, not a fad. Advocates say green burials protect the environment and ecology by reducing use of toxic chemicals, non-biodegradable materials and fossil fuels.
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