More cemeteries offering 'green' burials

Posted at: 11/05/2013 9:10 AM
Updated at: 11/05/2013 9:15 AM
By: Charles Benson, WTMJ


Photo: WTMJ

WAUKESHA, Wisc. (WTMJ) -- Ashes to ashes and dust to dust. Those words are taken quite literally by many. And now a Waukesha, Wisc., cemetery is making sure our loved ones who've passed become part of the Earth as quickly as possible.

Annette Kirchen lost her father about a year ago.
 
"Our family believes in living a simple life," says Annette.
 
A simple life with a simple burial: instead of a tombstone, a field of prairie; instead of a casket, a shroud.
 
"My dad really wanted a shroud. Because that was the quickest way to become part of the Earth again," explains Annette.
 
It's called a natural burial. A body is quite simply put into the ground and buried. If there is a casket it must be biodegradable.
 
"It sounds kind of crazy but when I found out about this I was so excited," remembers Annette.