Green Burial at Bluestem
Green burial at Bluestem is simple, natural and personal. It occurs without embalming, without metal or steel caskets, and without concrete vaults. It invites families into participating in the sacred act of burying their loved ones. Where individuals and families may select their own biodegradable burial container, plan their own service, carry the casket or shrouded body to the grave, lower it into the grave, and close the grave with shovels of dirt. At Bluestem, we encourage families to participate in the burial process because it supports the grieving process; however, you may perform as much or as little as you like.
Burial at Bluestem is open to all – to people of any faith, to people with unique cultural traditions and to people without faith practices. Bluestem supports at-need and pre-need burial options. At-need burial arrangements are made at the time of death, most often by a surviving family member or trusted friend, on behalf of the deceased. Pre-need, also referred to as preplanning for burial, is arranged by the living. As part of its mission, Bluestem supports individuals wishing to finalize their pre-need burial plans. If you wish to begin that process, we recommend working through the Six Decisions found on our Planning for Burial page.
When Bluestem opens to the public later this summer, individuals and families will be invited to purchase interment rights for burial. Purchasing a plot at Bluestem takes the burden of decision making off of your family and friends, allows you to engage in this beautiful sanctuary while you are alive and thriving, and becomes an investment in a healing space for the community.
Pets may also be buried in the same plot as their people. A separate burial fee will be charged for their interment. We are currently focusing on opening the cemetery for human burial. More details on pet burial will be available in the coming months.
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