A “green” or “natural” burial is a highly personal alternative to a conventional burial. The body is placed directly in touch with the soil. Members desiring this option are those who may say, “just put me in the ground.”
Members desiring a “green” or “natural” burial need to discuss this with loved ones and their preferred funeral director in advance so their wishes are granted at the time of death. Decisions on embalming, type of caskets, and time line for the funeral need to be addressed before death.
Catholic Cemeteries of Oshkosh permits a “green” or “natural” burial within these guidelines:
- Due to the short time line needed between death and a natural burial, notice is needed so that the excavation contractor can be notified and available.
- We do not require a specific casket or type of wood. Burial in a shroud is permitted.
- A burial vault over but not under the body is required, to prevent soil from caving in on the body causing landscape concerns for cemetery maintenance staff. The vault is also needed for those rare cases where a future exhumation order of the body is received.
The choice of a monument marker or the lack of one is at the option of the member or family. Boulders, large stones, or trees and shrubs may not be used as memorial markers.