White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Photo: GROUNDED

Goldendale, WA

White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Photo: GROUNDED

Goldendale, WA

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What is a burial vault and what is it for?

Burial vaults (grave liners or grave vaults) are boxes fabricated of steel, plastic, or concrete that are intended to encase the coffin and support the soil over the grave. The soil will settle over time from the decay and collapse of the coffin or shrouded body, the weight of heavy equipment used to open / close nearby graves, or the weight of foot traffic. This ground settling is problematic for the cemetery lawn mowing equipment, monuments, and visitors. Most conventional cemeteries will require the use of a vault to avoid these issues. Green burial grounds will usually backfill the graves with soil from the original hole as need requires.

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"To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go."

— MARY OLIVER
From “In Blackwater Woods”