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To help Earth's future, people are getting buried like it's 1860

By Tara Bahrampour

28 Mar 2023 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Traditional burials involve embalming, concrete vaults and metal grave liners, which can be environmentally taxing. Some in the U.S. are opting for 'green burials'. The Washington Post finds out how.

Mia Zinn was a member of her middle school ecology club, had planted a reflection garden and had implored public officials to preserve a local woods, and when she became terminally ill, she wanted to become a tree. So, the day after she died, her father, Chris Zinn, visited Serenity Ridge Natural Burial Cemetery and Arboretum in Baltimore County, a 45-minute drive from the family's home in Abingdon, Md. He was drawn to a wooded area that opened up to a wedge of western sky.

"That was the perfect spot," he said. "It reminded me a lot of an area that we hiked many, many times near here."

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