Image credit: Final Footprint
When I wrote about a Green Burial Expo in California, asking if green burials could be fun, one commenter worried that we were perpetuating the notion that sustainable funerals have to be "wacky" or offbeat. Indeed, while natural burial may give us a great opportunity to refresh and update our rituals around death, they are not just for hippies anymore. In fact, from jute coffins to woodland burial, sustainable end-of-life choices are cropping up everywhere. So it's about time that the East Coast got its own natural burial expo - and this one is going to be in my backyard. (Not literally!)According to event organizers, the Natural Burial Expo 2010—which is being held on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday April 25, 2010 at St. Paul's Christian Church in Raleigh, NC—is going to be the first of its kind on the East Coast. The event is being organized by a small group of natural burial activists and companies, including Final Footprint (Half Moon Bay, CA), Bury Me Naturally (Asheville), Fiberactive (Raleigh, NC), and Renaissance Funeral Home (Raleigh, NC) and appears to be fairly small (no website that I can find)—but you've got to start somewhere.
For now, Huffington Post has all the details on the Natural Burial Expo 2010. I'm excited to see an active green burial scene here in NC growing and reaching out to the world. Maybe when the time comes for me—hopefully not in the immediate future—I'll have more options than filling my body with noxious chemicals and sticking me in a fancy casket, or using up fossil fuels to burn me to a cinder.
For those wanting more information on burial without the BS, take a look at my guide on How to Green Your Funeral.