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Natural Burial at Rest Lawn Memorial Park

 

 

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Natural Earth Burials at Rest Lawn

YOU CAN HAVE A NATURAL BURIAL AT REST LAWN IN ANY GARDEN, ANY GRAVE - NO VAULTS OR EMBALMING REQUIRED...

Over a century ago, Rest Lawn's very first graves - back when it was the old Cox Butte Cemetery or during its stint under the Odd Fellows and Masons - were natural; no vaults, mason-made markers, and simple wooden coffins were the norm. Inspired by the natural burial movement spreading throughout existing cemeteries in the UK and the US, Rest Lawn is working with the Natural Burial Company to recreate that pioneer tradition once more, but with a modern twist. 

A natural burial returns the body directly to the earth, usually unembalmed, and in a biodegradable coffin or shroud. Vaults or grave-liners are not required if a natural biodegradable container is used.  (see our cemetery rules PDF for specific information and a more general description of natural burial at www.beatree.com).

We now have the Fern Forest, dedicated to natural cremation burials, as well as a number of graves on the northern edge of the cemetery exclusively dedicated to natural burial, in addition to our all-cemetery no-vault-required policy. New sections for various forms of "forest burial" are planned, and there are still areas of the cemetery where families can arrange for something even more personalized, utilizing trees, shrubs and other memorial plantings where they are in line with the Cemetery's long-term master plan. (Ask for more information)

Additional grave opening and maintenance fees are required with natural burials, but an outer burial container is not. Even with these additional fees, the cost of a natural burial (excluding funeral director fees and coffin costs, which vary widely) can be lower than a burial that requires even the least expensive outer burial container. 

A funeral director is NOT required at this cemetery, although a home funeral guide or someone experienced in the process and acting as the legal funeral director in charge of the disposition must participate.

NATURAL BURIAL GRAVE SITES  WIDELY AVAILABLE 

Natural burials are currently performed in any of the active sections of the cemetery (link to Rest Lawn Maps). Prices vary based on garden location and size of plot. 

Most people who want a natural burial prefer not to be embalmed. Embalming is not required at this time for any body unless the person died of a listed communicable disease. It's the responsibility of the funeral director, the medical doctor signing the death certificate, and/or the person controlling the disposition of the remains to be informed about the requirements of the State with respect to the proper management of dead bodies, including the timeframes for reporting of death, chilling of the body, and/or final disposition.

USING PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE

A funeral director is NOT required at this cemetery, although if a licensed funeral director is not engaged, it's recommended that a home funeral guide, a licensed death-care consultant, or someone experienced in the process and acting as the legal funeral director in charge of the disposition participate. The disposition copy of the death certificate must be presented along with the body at the time of burial - no exceptions - and this document can only be procured by a licensed funeral business, the legally authorized next of kin, or the person authorized to handle the disposition of the deceased through this form created by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board:

"APPOINTMENT APPOINTMENT of PERSON to MAKE DECISIONS CONCERNING DISPOSITION of a CURRENT DECEDENT’S REMAINS"

http://www.oregon.gov/MortCem/Compliance_Issues_Related/AppointmentCurrentDecedent.pdf

 

NATURAL BURIAL PLANNING

Contact our office to arrange a tour and discuss pre-arrangements for a natural burial at Rest Lawn. You can learn more about the natural burial process, natural funeral options,  and get an idea of some of the more natural choices available to you by visiting the Natural Burial Company website, one of our partners in delivering more natural options to cemetery patrons. Download their free natural funeral planner here:  http://natural-burial.typepad.com/funeral_plan/natural-funeral-planner.pdf

 

 

Wade Skinner delivering a coffin by covered wagon
Natural funerals - without embalming, with the coffin or shroud placed directly into the earth - are becoming increasingly popular. Here, Wade Skinner and his team of draft horses delivers the casket for a funeral conducted at Rest L