Conservation Burial & Green Cemeteries Presentation

Your home | Thu, Jun 24 | All Ages


Time: Thu, Jun 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Your home


Green burial has sparked an interest among land conservation circles in Maine recently. The idea isn’t new—interment without concrete vaults, embalming, or unrecyclable components was the way all burials were conducted until a few generations ago. What is new is that land trusts are thinking of green cemeteries as a way of conserving land in perpetuity for gentle multi-use—trails, habitat, and green space as well as burials. The idea is a win/win: people who treasure conservation and the land ethic may choose green burial as a way of affirming their values in death as in life. At the same time, land trusts are looking for imaginative ways to preserve open space with public access and involve the human community in their mission.

Join us for a virtual informational presentation on conservation burial and prospects for new “green cemeteries” in the midcoast area. Panel speakers will include:

Alison Rector serves on the board of  the Funeral Consumers Alliance,  a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. Rector is also a past President of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine, the state affiliate of the national organization. Rector describes herself as a “green burial enthusiast”. She’s lived in Maine since 1990.

Chuck Lakin, a retired librarian, a woodworker and home funeral educator who actively assists anyone who wants to create a green cemetery will speak on “Green Coffins and How To Make Them”.

Joyce Foley, President of Cedar Brook Burial Grounds in Limington, ME.  Cedar Brook is a 3.5 acre green cemetery on a 150-acre tree farm; it was the first green cemetery in New England.

Susan Caldwell works at The Nature Conservancy and lives in West Gardiner. She is a Board Member of the Kennebec Land Trust and Clerk of the KLT Baldwin Hill Conservation Burial Ground Board. She is also an appreciative member of the Midcoast Conservancy who loves to explore our conservation lands throughout Maine.

Jean Berman is an Interfaith Chaplain and Hospice Coordinator of Volunteers, who studies, practices and teaches about Jewish end of life traditions.

Thanks to our sponsor, Strong-Hancock Funeral Home.


Read more about green burials here.