The spirituality of natural burials

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“On Ash Wednesday we hear a call to remember that we are dust, but at death in North America we often forget,” writes Ben Stewart in In Sure and Certain Hope: A Funeral Sourcebook. “The natural burial movement is a response to this forgetfulness.”

When their father died suddenly from pancreatic cancer in 1981, Rodger Ericson and his brother scrambled to make arrangements with an out-of-state funeral home. While the funeral came together quickly, Ericson struggled with the way his father’s body had been handled. “They took care of everything and left me out of it, emotionally and spiritually,” […]

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