The gravedigger

Greenwood burial ground, near Saxmundham, Suffolk, UK, just after I'd conducted a Humanist funeral ceremony.


Green burials are under trees, or a tree is planted on the grave. There are no headstones. They are usually nature reserves, as well as environmentally-friendly cemeteries.

  • Robert Wotton 8y

    Is some sort of casket required ? Not having stones is nice. For myself I prefer cremation and being scattered , though they say it's not environmentally correct .

    Interesting soil , looks to be good digging
  • Sparrows' Friend PRO 8y

    This time, they had a conventional coffin, a simple one. An increasing number of people are choosing willow or bamboo woven coffins, and there are cardboard ones. Some are buried in a woollen shroud, though I've never done one like that.

    Cremation isn't very environmentally-friendly, though the UK Clean Air Act has made a difference. It's no longer possible for a farmer to be cremated in his wellington boots, for example. One of the problems with cremation is the toxins released into the atmosphere from people's tooth fillings.
  • Robert Wotton 8y

    Another problem with cremation is the tremendous amount of energy necessary to consume a human body
    And those fillings ! Think of what they do to us while we are living ...leaching toxins into our bodies and such , though the dentists try to deny it .

    The grave digger looks to be pleasant . Our local grave digger was large and round and always smiling . His name was Harris Chace and was well loved . Wish I had a photo of him
  • guayacan_verde 8y

    My husband wanted to start one of these on a tropical farm. Great idea.

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Taken on May 30, 2007
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