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Green Burials


Green Burials and Living Memorials.

With a  green burial, there is no embalming. The body is enclosed in a biodegradable container (such as a cardboard coffin, pine box or natural fiber shroud, and placed directly into the earth rather than into an outer concrete grave liner or vault. A flat memorial stone or planting may serve as a grave marker. Or there may be no marker at all.


Here is a list of cemeteries in this area where they allow a green burial:

  • Brewster
  • Marion (cremated remains only)
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge)
  • South Wellfleet

*Please note that the city or town cemeteries may require residency in order to be buried there.

Cremation Living Memorials


Planting a tree to honor your loved one’s memory is a beautiful way to “give back” to the environment while establishing a living memorial that you can visit. If your loved one is buried far away from where you live, or if you scattered their remains at sea, you can planting a memorial tree establishes a physical location to which you can go to visit and remember.



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