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)