Graves in the Garden: Natural Burials at Mount Auburn Cemetery & Beyond
In keeping with the spirit of the Cemetery’s founding, Mount Auburn was recently awarded hybrid burial ground certification from the Green Burial Council, making it the first cemetery in Massachusetts to receive this designation. Join us at the Cemetery for this afternoon of events to learn more about natural burials from our own staff and other experts.
Natural Burials “Fair”
12:00 – 3:45 PM in Bigelow Chapel
Local organizations and vendors, including Massachusetts affiliates of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, Arlington-based Mourning Dove Studio, Somerville-based Wild Folk Studio, and Shirley-based Peaceful Passage at Home, will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the services they provide in support of at-home funerals and natural burials.
Film screening: A Will for the Woods
1:00 – 3:00 PM in Story Chapel
This award-winning documentary “uplifts and inspires” in covering a subject that is “relevant in a profound way to each and every one of us,” writes Bill Chameides, dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and author of The Green Grok blog. There will be a brief Q&A with the filmmakers at the conclusion of the screening.
Walk: Natural Burials at Mount Auburn
3:00 – 4:00 PM, short walk begins at Bigelow Chapel
See firsthand what a natural burial grave at Mount Auburn looks like and talk to our staff about how these burials differ from other “traditional” graves.
Lecture: Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters
4:00 – 5:30 PM in Story Chapel
Mark Harris, former environmental columnist for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate and member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, will discuss his views on green burial and funeral matters. Mr. Harris has written on the subject of natural burials for The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and People magazine, as well as for his own website, www.gravematters.us.
All events are free, though advanced registration is required for the 1:00 PM film screening and 4:00 PM lecture.