Montgomery County Considering Plans For a Green Cemetery
A green cemetery could be coming to 16621 New Hampshire Ave in Silver Spring. WTOP reports that the natural burial site named Reflection Park is currently going through the county’s approval process.
According to their website, Reflection Park is a non-profit multi-faith natural burial ground that will feature trails and meditation spaces, “which will allow visitors to hike through the park’s natural landscapes and reflect upon the cycle of life, death, and renewal”.
”Green (or natural) burial emphasizes simplicity and environmental sustainability. The body is neither cremated nor prepared with chemicals such as embalming fluids. It is simply placed in a biodegradable coffin or shroud and interred without a concrete burial vault. The grave site is allowed to return to nature. The goal is complete decomposition of the body and its natural return to the soil. Only then can a burial truly be “ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” a phrase so often used when we bury our dead.”
WTOP is also reporting that burials will cost around $3,500.