MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - In what may be the ultimate expression of back to nature, three entrepreneurs are creating what they say is California's first organic cemetery, hoping their ban on floral arrangements and formaldehyde will serve as a national model.

Embalming fluid, metal caskets and marble headstones won't be permitted at Fernwood Forever. Instead, the dead will be placed in biodegradable boxes or shrouds and interred in nondescript graves that mourners can dig themselves. To ensure visitors pay their respects at the right spot, the cemetery will provide global positioning system devices and native boulders as markers...

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Would you rather be buried in an organic cemetery than a regular one?
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - In what may be the ultimate expression of back to nature, three entrepreneurs are creating what they say is California`s first organic cemetery, hoping their ban on floral arrangements and formaldehyde will serve as a national model.

Embalming fluid, metal caskets and marble headstones won`t be permitted at Fernwood Forever. Instead, the dead will be placed in biodegradable boxes or shrouds and interred in nondescript graves that mourners can dig themselves. To ensure visitors pay their respects at the right spot, the cemetery will provide global positioning system devices and native boulders as markers...

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18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 12:52:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
Neither, Id rather be creamated.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 2:54:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
I plan to be cremated. However, with just a few adjustments to the above plan, I could be convinced to 'go organic'.

1) It's a bit hard on the mourners asking them to dig the hole. I'm sure there's someone out there who could use the employment and a steady job.

2) Ditch the global positioning thing. Most people can't follow directions anyway. A better way would be allocate the lots for 25-30 years, allow headstones made of some sort of bio-degradable substance or recycled plastic which can be melted down and used again.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 2:58:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah i don't like the idea of no headstones.

But agian like you two i'd rather be cremated and my ashes spread on home park.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 4:48:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have no preference.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 6:11:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
No...I want to be buried in my family's regular old fashioned plot in a regular old cemetary.
18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 7/8/04 - 6:29:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
I personally don't cared what is done with when I die as long as they put me out of site. I'll probbabbly be burried im the cematary with the fest of my family.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/7/04 - 12:00:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm with Meg.
18 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 8/7/04 - 12:07:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
cremation for me, thanks.
still... i like this idea. It's much more uplifting. More natural.
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 9:08:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would like to be cremated, then dropped into a really deep lake. I figure I would have overcome my fear of deep water then.
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 9:10:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dont really care.. Ill be dead
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 9:13:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'll be dead.
Roll me up in a sheet and bury me.
Burn me.
I couldn't care less.
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 9:30:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really dislike the idea of no headstones. I want to be remembered!
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 10:27:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
*Ramones music kicks in* I wanna be cremated.
18 yrs ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 10:41:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well i would be dead, you can beat the crap out of me, what would i care, i am dead i won't feel it. Feed me to hungry pigs. Who cares.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 4:58:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
come to think of it, y do we even need coffins? it barricades our tasty flesh from all the worms.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 5:48:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don;t want to be buried at all
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 3:35:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't want to be buried either. No funeral, either. Have a party sometime, but don't gather people around to talk about me.
My husband and I plan to be cremated when our time comes, then have our ashes mixed after the last one dies.
Our kids can have some keepsake ashes, if they want, then we want to be scattered. Probably in the mountains or ocean.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 3:54:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Hmph, I want a funeral and I want people to CRY when I'm gone Darn right, they better be sad.

Actually though... I do want a white casket for some reason. Always have. I don't muchly care about the gravestone--well, no, I lie--I don't really care about it so long as it IS a grave stone. I hate those name plate things. They just get covered with snow and everyone walks on them. *shakes head* so disrespectful

17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 4:13:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm donating my body to science. But I guess they could bury an insignificant limb, for the symbolic relevance of it.

I also read about this developing techonology, non-existant at the moment, in which scientists can mix one's DNA with the DNA of a tree. When the tree grows, it will be as if you are truly apart of it, as if you're actually living on. Immortality in a very odd kind of way.

I'd request that moreso because it's cool and interesting than because it'd be meaningful though.

17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 4:24:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Which of your limbs is insignificant, kitner?

I like the idea of an eternal reef. But yeah, I'm down with the organic cemetary.

17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 4:25:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
if that goes, im totally going to be buried there.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 10/19/04 - 4:31:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Definetely my left pinky toe. It's broken 3 times. It's significant while alive, but only to a certain extent. If the little bugger breaks again, I'll let them bury it before I die. At least I coould go to my own funeral that way.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 10/31/04 - 8:40:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
What OzArcher said.

Mind you, at this point I have no idea what I want to do with my body. I think I'll be cremated, but I have no idea. Not like it matters, I don't plan on dying any time soon.

17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/15/04 - 4:16:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
When the time comes, I'm not really gonna care...
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 11/24/04 - 2:03:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
if the price is right

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