ecologically sound burial alternatives
From Eden we come...To Eden we shall return.
What to do at time of death:
a short, printable primer
Scenes from the preserve.
The alternative to burial in a shroud or a favorite blanket:
Our plans: PERSPECTIVE
day across North America
6000 plus acres of open space are leveled in an ever widening and
swath of highways and airports, condos, malls, and factories. While the
of purchasing, restoring, monitoring, and preserving land keeps
climbing, millions of acres of natural beauty are lost. Glendale
Nature Preserve, however, is an enclave of escape from that trend.
Many people wish for a return to sanity and simplicity regarding death and burial. Current burial practices, however, often leave them believing that cremation is their best and only option to achieve this. We think people should have both options: a simple (and affordable) burial, or cremation.
A typical, no-frills "modern" burial in the United States costs from 6,000 to 10,000 dollars and includes the environmentally damaging factors listed in the box above. An old-fashioned, traditional burial can cost a mere fraction of that but includes the priceless benefits of peace-of-mind and the knowledge that you or your family, not a corporation pretending to be family, are the directors. See "Green Burials & Home Funerals" (pdf 343kb)
Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve celebrates the life of the individual, provides a lasting tribute through nature, contributes to the future of life, and enables survivors to remember those whom they have loved and honored in a place of beauty, serenity, and solace. Our fields, creeks, ponds, and woods provide a living memorial to those who seek common sense alternatives to current burial options and wish to continue their stewardship of nature beyond the mere span of their years