Making the decision whether to cremate or bury our loved one is a very personal decision for the family, based on their wishes and the prior wishes of the deceased if they had any. A relatively new alternative to the standard western burial or cremation, one that is now available for people in Dunedin is to have a Natural Burial. This site within Green Park Cemetery, a lovely coastal cemetery, which is situated toward Brighton on the south coast of Dunedin.
According to one definition, a natural burial is the internment of the body of a dead person in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition but allows the body to recycle naturally. There are requirements of a natural burial. The body is buried within the first metre of the surface, is not preserved chemically, and a tree is planted on top rather than a headstone. The result eventually is a beautiful area of native bush where people can come to visit their deceased loved ones.
In this show I chat with Elizabeth Thompson and Elizabeth Duke who are members of the Dunedin Advocates for Natural Burials.
This show was originally broadcast on 26th June 2014.
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