Green Burial Ottawa Valley Co-op

As a member, you are growing a movement dedicated to caring for our dead and the earth in old ways, of returning our bodies to the earth in a way so many people before us have done for thousands of years.

You will be able to

Have a voice in the organization’s advocacy efforts, giving the organization more political clout

Vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Green Burial Ottawa Valley Co-operative, elect board members

Work with other Green Burial/Natural Burial groups to lobby for change in current funeral practices and/or regulations

Cooperate in establishing a Green Burial site in the Ottawa Valley

Educate others as to the deleterious and costly consequences of current conventional burial practices

Work together to rebuild a relationship to the land, in our living and dying, to feed the earth

Have the opportunity to purchase a burial plot at the eventual established Green Burial Site.

To sign up for membership in the co-op, please go to:  Membership Sign-up

From the official report in 1972 of the UN’s first international conference on threats to global ecology in Stockholm, Sweden:

…”Life holds to one central truth – that all matter and energy needed for life move in great closed circles from which nothing escapes and to which only the driving fire of the sun is added. Life devours itself: everything that eats, is itself eaten; every chemical that is made by life can be broken down by life; all the sunlight that can be used is used. Of all that there is on Earth, nothing is taken away by life, and nothing is added by life – but nearly everything is used by life, used and reused in thousands of complex ways, moved through vast chains of plants and animals and back again to the beginning. ,,,”

Quoted in Waking Up To The Dark, Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand 2015

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  • Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    “Crumbs of rotten stone,
    ​Shards of bone, the leavings
    And the ruins of lives
    The grounds a grave and
    So it thrives…
    A thousand thousand years
    Will bloom here in the spring
    Upon the living sing the blessing of the dead.”
    -Wendell Berry
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    Green Burial Ottawa Valley
    In the Middle Ages, monasteries often had cemetery orchards, with mulberry, apple, and chestnut trees sprouting up from between gravesites so that no space went wasted. Throughout the 1800s, many Americans spent their afternoons picnicking in cemeteries, and cemeteries such as Philadelphia’s The Woodlands, and Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia, still encourage it. In countries including Greece, Japan, and Mexico, families have for centuries reminisced about or honored their loved ones while relaxing beside their graves and dining on helpings of souvlaki, sushi rolls, or tamales. Heritage Gardens eschews the use of pesticides, and its veggies are not sprouting from gravesites, but instead in their own isolated spot.