Natural Burial or Green Burial
refers to internment of a body in the soil at shallow depth so that it will naturally decompose. They will be returned to nature with minimal environmental impact. Natural Burial is an alternative to the western burial methods especially those that involve use of chemical preservatives and disinfectants like embalming fluids. Such methods can destroy the microbial decomposes that break down the body.
A biodegradable coffin, wicker coffin or simple shroud can be used to bury the body. The grave doesn’t need a burial vault or container or anything that prevents contact of the body with the soil. The grave must be shallow enough to let microbial activity occur, just like happens in composting.
Both private land and some cemeteries can be used for natural burials. Private land options will be subject to local regulations. Public cemeteries may requires a vault-free method of burial.
Alberton Cemetery off M1 exit 38 is the closest approved cemetery to Brisbane and Gold Coast for Natural Burials. Only one interment is allowed and the grave site is selected by the council on a next in line basis. It is mandatory that the burial coffins be made from natural materials like Wicker or Pine. They shouldn’t contain any lacquers, metal or plastic fixings.
Grave markers or stones are not allowed at the cemetery but GPS coordinates can be provided for locating the grave.
The family can plant shrubs after the interment and can apply a plaque to the communal memorial.