Bellefontaine Cemetery offers the St. Louis community the option of natural burial and a dedicated environmentally sensitive space as additional choices when making personal end of life decisions.
Bellefontaine Cemetery is certified by the Green Burial Council, an organization focused on environmentally sustainable death care, natural burial, and education and certification of funeral homes, cemeteries, and related products.
Natural burials are offered throughout the Bellefontaine cemetery, but a newly designed space, Evergreen Meadow, offers a dedicated area in the cemetery where no pesticides or inorganic fertilizers are allowed and groundskeeping utilizes limited mechanized maintenance.
Gracie MacDonell, the vice president customer relations at Bellefontaine Cemetery, is the special guest for an Environmental Echo podcast with Holly Shanks.
MacDonell gives insight into the history of natural burials, the process involved with choosing a natural burial, and the options family members have when taking care of a loved one’s last wishes at the end of life.
To read an Environmental Echo article about green burials from January 2015, CLICK HERE.