It’s time for a paradigm shift regarding how we bury our loved ones. The old way of doing it just doesn’t work.
A new model of cemeteries is emerging, and Sacred Living Sacred Dying, Inc. is working to help bring about Hawaii’s first Natural Burial Cemetery.
WHAT IS A GREEN CEMETERY?
You may hear of a green cemetery referred to as an eco-cemetery, green burial ground, land conservation cemetery, or a natural preserve cemetery. Green cemeteries may be found in many regions of the world.
A green cemetery is a cemetery that promotes ecologically friendly burial practices. Loved ones who choose a green burial cemetery will be buried in all natural materials that are sustainable and biodegradable. This will assure that the land remains protected, preserved, unharmed, and pristine because no treated wood or unsustainable materials will ever be used.
The first green cemetery in the United States stated in 1998, which is the Ramsey Creek Preserve in South Carolina. There are three levels of green cemeteries. To learn about the various requirements for each one, visit the Green Burial Council.
WHY CHOOSE A GREEN BURIAL?
- Everything used is eco-friendly and biodegradable
- No toxic embalming fluids will be allowed
- No pesticides or chemical fertilizers permitted
- No concrete, plastic, or metal grave liners or vaults are used
- It allows you to leave a legacy for future generations
- It can be far less expensive than traditional cemeteries and burials
- Some green burial cemeteries are used for multiple purposes such as protecting open spaces, reforestation, and preservation
- It can be a special/sacred place for the living and the dead
- It helps to heal both the soul and the earth
The focus is to have sustainable materials used to preserve the environment. Hawaii’s first eco-friendly cemetery will be a welcoming experience when you visit. You will feel the peacefulness, see the beauty, and experience life all around you.
Loved ones who choose a green burial cemetery will be buried in all natural materials that are biodegradable.
CBS NEWS INTERVIEW
We invite you to listen to this five minute CBS news interview about green burials and home funerals.
HONORING LOVED ONES
As family and friends gather to say good-bye to their loved one, they will hear birds singing, feel the breezes, and notice the sound of gentle water flowing. All these elements offers the family a sense of peace.
To honor our loved ones, there will be memorial walls, tree markers, paths, and benches throughout the preserve. Family members and friends can enjoy nature at its finest with native planting, as well as enjoy the plants, fruit trees, tropical hardwoods, and native trees that will be planted over the graves. Within each grove, will be a sitting area containing the names of those buried there. Ashes will also be spread here.
The land will be designed with a conservation easement to protect it as open space, kept in the public commons forever. And to further the beauty, the preserve will include walking trails, picnic areas, sitting areas for reflection, and a hall, which will bring the community together.
With this model, we aspire to strengthen the relationship between living and dying and provide a special place for the community.
Sacred Living Sacred Dying, Inc. is working in cooperation with Doorway Into Light to purchase the land for Hawaii’s first Natural Burial Cemetery on Maui. We will also be assisting with the building of a labyrinth and a ceremonial hall.
The ceremonial hall will be used for memorial services, celebrations, concerts, as well as for seminars, workshops, community education programs, and other community events, which will bring the community together. The ceremonial hall will be built with bamboo and sustainable forest products.
Our mission is to have green burial cemeteries worldwide. This is a new paradigm for how people treat death, offering parklike settings that create a legacy for the living – a sacred place for the living and the dead, a legacy, by utilizing one’s burial toward the protection and preservation of land.