“Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” That’s been my mantra for 30 years of living. I‘d like it to be my mantra for my death as well. My “green burial” will reduce toxins, reuse land and recycle my body. Nature and the outdoors are very important to me. I like the idea that I’ll leave a much smaller footprint at my death than if I opted for a conventional embalming and burial or even cremation.
I was thrilled when I heard that Pittsburgh would be home to a green cemetery. Penn Forest is in a beautiful setting in an area where I have often walked. Its proximity to Plum Creek and Dark Hollow Park are perks. I imagine myself gently moldering away in a lush Western Pennsylvania meadow, warmed by sunshine, shaded by trees, birdsong in the air. Natural burial seems a logical outgrowth of my lifetime philosophy. I don’t know that all that will matter to me once I’m dead, but it matters to me now. I’ve told family and friends about my plans. I’ve purchased a plot at Penn Forest. Meadow lot #624 is waiting for me.
This post was written by Cecelia Hard of Pittsburgh, PA.