A 90-year-old friend died last week. Pam had co-founded our local Hospice in 1979, so it wasn't surprising that she chose to have a Green Burial--an old-style home burial that makes as little impact on the earth as possible.
After death, her family washed and dressed the body. A friend had made a pine box. A funeral director helped them fill out the necessary paperwork, so that the daughter could transport the coffin in her station wagon.
Last fall, Pam had told her children, "Old people die in the winter, when the ground is frozen." So she chose a spot, and a local farmer came and dug the hole.
Last Tuesday, her family laid Pam to rest in her chosen spot, in a forest much beloved by her.
Pam's body never left the care of her family. Her daughter said, "It was very intimate."