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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Natural Earth Burials


Natural earth burials are becoming a growing trend in Australia.

A natural earth burial is “the burying of a body in a biodegradable coffin or a shroud in a shallow grave (approximately one metre deep) without the use of any chemicals, to enable a more natural decomposition.”  These burials are marked with only a tree, so the exact location is registered using a GPS.

Natural earth burials decompose the body faster and use less land.  There’s also no pollution of the soil from coffins and embalming fluids.

See Paul Kordic, Natural Earth Burials and Organ Donation: Think About It, Lexology, Dec. 11, 2014.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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