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Memorial Ecosystems - Leaders in Conservation Burial Sunday, March 26, 2017
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It is clear that the fate of the natural landscape depends not only on individual people, but on the coherence and vitality of the communities to which they belong and the means they develop for negotiating the relationship with the biotic community.

-William Jordan III

 

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GreenCasket.net - You do not need to spend a lot of money to meaningfully honor the life of a loved one. At the Green Casket Company we offer a simple and natural casket and we work with other local businesses who support green burial and end of life choices.

Shine on Brightly - Decorative Cremation Urns and Memorial Objects

Funerals.org This is the page for the Funeral Consumers Alliance. Lots of great information for those considering planning their funerals. Better information on financial issues than on green issues, but worth the surf over.

Crossings.net - Crossings works to integrate dying and after-death care back into our family and community life. We work to remove the barriers that keep you locked into few alternatives after the death of a loved one. We create opportunities for families to complement the loss and grief of death with healing and love.

Final Passages This is an organization dedicated to bringing back the home funeral-not unlike the hospice movement in the 1970's that brought dying back home.

Jewish-Funerals.org This page promotes traditional Jewish Funerals. It is interesting that traditional, community-run (and very green) funerals never went out of style -as the pages devoted to Chevra Kadisha groups demonstrates:

"Throughout the United States and Canada , in rural and urban areas, large synagogues and small, are heeding the call to full participation in Jewish funeral practices and return of control to the community. A modern Chevrah Kadisha may provide pre-need education and negotiate funeral and burial agreements. In some larger congregations, 50-75 people may participate as chaverim who work directly with the bereaved and mediate between them and the funeral and burial providers, or perform the washing (tahara) ritual, or guard the body until it is buried (shmira), or provide a meal of condolence, or set up and lead shiva, or stay in touch with the bereaved for some period after death."

UpstateForever.org - Upstate Forever promotes sensible growth and the protection of special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina.  The membership-based, nonprofit organization covers nine counties (Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union), and we have three main programs: Land Trust, Sustainable Communities, and Clean Air and Water.

GreenBurialCouncil.org - The GBC was founded by Joe Sehee and works to promulgate standards for conservation burial that are based largely on the Campbell Principles.  The Council is doing work absolutely essential for ensuring that natural burial becomes a potent land protecting tool.

http://www.globalideasbank.org/ndw/ndwcontent.html The idea for Memorial Ecosystems date to before the late Nicholas Aubrey created the Natural Death Care Centre (link to the old newsletter article from Katuah-I will forward that in a separate letter). The group initially was less green than focused on simplicity and home funerals. That is changing now. England now boasts over 180 woodland burial sites, though most are small (less than 5 acres), and of questionable conservation value.

Glendale Natural Preserve This is another sister preserve in the Florida Panhandle. A beautiful site with long leaf pine and wetlands.

South Carolina Native Plant Society - The South Carolina Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation and protection of native plant communities in South Carolina.

CarolinaWild.com - Carolina Wild strives to be the premier source for nursery propagated native plants in the upstate region of South Carolina. We are a family-operated business with 30+ combined years of experience in the greenhouse and nursery industry, with more than 6 years' experience working with native plant materials. We serve southwestern North Carolina and northeastern Georgia in addition to the upstate area.


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