Chapter Two Links

Break On Through To the Other Side: Slip Sliding  Into the Ground Isn’t a Bad Idea EitherA lot of people like the idea of returning to dust, as they say in the Bible. Even more people like the idea of becoming one with the earth, nourishing it. I have a friend who wants to be buried beneath an apple tree on her farm so future generations can have a bite of her each summer.  There’s a joke there, I’m just not sure where.

Did You Know…

  • While preplanning is wise, especially with something that can be as costly as a traditional funeral, prepayment is fraught with traps for the unwary.
  • Some preneed plans will not reimburse your money in full if you change your mind.
  • Some preneed plans are only required to provide like services for those contracted.
  • Every state has different guidelines. Do  your research and check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • In the UK  visit Citizens Advice
You too can be buried beside your best friend. The graves of flamboyant and generous businessman Sam G. Jones and his beloved Ocracoke pony Ikey D, Springer’s Point, Ocracoke Island, NC. Photo courtesy of Images by Ruth

Notes & Updates

NEW GREEN BURIAL IN VA!  Forest Rest Natural Cemetery, a green burial option located at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boones Mill (south of Roanoke 15 miles)

Good news for Virginia veterans who want to be buried in a state-run veteran cemetery. A new Virginia law says that burial vaults (which can run in the thousands of dollars) will be provided at cost to eligible veterans and their family members.

Veteran burial benefits kit can be downloaded here

Interesting information about funeral flowers!

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Traditional Burial

Green or Natural Burial

Returning to the sea can be tranquil, memorable, respectful and affordable. This eco friendly Atlantic Sea Burial Shroud with hand-poured ballast weights is used on a customized full body sea tribute burial cruises held year round. Photograph courtesy of


                         Burial at Sea

              Home Burial

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