Ramsey Creek Preserve

Photo: Kimberley Campbell

Westminster, SC

About GBP

What?

Green Burial Project is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of green (or natural) burial over our current options of conventional burial, fire cremation, and wet cremation (alkaline hydrolysis). Green Burial Project has no product or service to sell. Our sole aim is to spread the news about the environmental, financial, and spiritual benefits of returning our bodies to the earth in a manner consistent with our values and our heritage.

Green Burial Project is incorporated in North Carolina and is based in Hillsborough. If you are within 50 miles of Hillsborough and would like a speaker to address issues around home funerals and green burial, please contact us.

Who?

Anne Weston is the founder of Green Burial Project. She is a resident of Hillsborough, NC, with degrees from Duke University. She has spent her adult life desensitizing herself to her own mortality and in the last few years just decided — What the heck! Why not embrace it? Anne is supported in her work by conversation partners: a cemetery law attorney/law professor, home funeral guides, funeral directors, naturalists, and specialists in marketing, real estate, and land conservation.

Where?

Because I live in Orange County, North Carolina, most of my research pertains to this part of the country. I will make general suggestions and observations but you must be prepared for the information on this website to be only part of your story. You will have to do your own research for areas other than those specified.

Why?

Why do I or why should anyone have interest in green burial? Green burial is generally less expensive and less toxic to the environment. It also permits a more personal and natural relationship between the living and the dead, between our bodies and the land at a time of shock, grief, and confusion. Green burial might not be the best choice for every family but unless you know what your choices are you can’t really say. This website is intended to present you with choices you may not know you have. What you do with those choices is up to you.

"[M]ore of us are coming to believe that a lasting legacy to a life well lived may be as basic as good earth. Our best last act may, in fact, be the simple act of using what remains of our physical existence to fertilize depleted soil, push up a tree, preserve a bit of wild from development, and, in the process, perpetuate the natural cycle of life that turns to support those we leave behind."

— Mark Harris
"Grave Matters," p. 186