Where can my relative find a green burial in the L.A. area?
April 26, 2010 7:25 PM Subscribe
A dear relative will likely die within the next decade, and I am trying to help her plan a natural burial in L.A., but am flummoxed by California's regulations and am unsure whether it is a viable option.
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My relative and I like the idea of her being buried without using any environmentally harmful chemicals (embalming fluid). We love the idea of her being buried in our enormous backyard, planting a beautiful young tree beside her grave and placing a seat nearby so that we can feel close.
We know that is impossible, because California requires all burials to occur in graveyards (either historical or current). Is there anywhere in the L.A. area (bonus, less than an hour's drive from downtown) that we could explore a natural/green burial, getting as close to our ideal as possible?
-Able to use a biodegradable coffin with no plastic liner
-Close to L.A. so we can visit easily and regularly
-Able to use green burial practices (e.g., funeral home director won't insist on using embalming fluid or anything else bad for the environment).
-We understand this is a costlier option than cremation. That's fine, but she isn't exceptionally wealthy, so very expensive private options are out for us.
I realize this question may seem somewhat macabre, but she and I are the only ones in the family who care about this, and both of us are concerned that if we don't have an explicit plan before her health degrades further, the rest of the family will just insist on cremation (which isn't a horrible idea, but we just like this idea better). Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.