Municipal cemetery's "green" option
Prairie Home Cemetery, owned and operated by the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has been getting some publicity for offering the option of "green" burial. A brief interview with cemetery manager David Brenner by the local ABC affiliate can be viewed (or the transcript read) at www.wisn.com/news/20075123/detail.html
Prairie Home also was featured in an Earth Day story on "eco-friendly" final resting places by Milwaukee Public Radio that included an interview with Joe Sehee of the Green Burial Council and a photo of a bamboo casket from Passages International. Brenner then talks about Prairie Home's plans to transform a section of the cemetery into a meadow where "green" burials will take place. Instead of traditional monuments, graves will have tiny markers, with the names of those interred recorded on large rocks. The audio interview and a transcript are available at www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=4444
Check out Prairie Home's Web site at www.prairiehomecemetery.com/, which at this writing includes this sign-of-the-times offer on the home page: "Recession Buster #1-Preplanned purchases, No interest, 10 years to pay, $50.00 down." Though it is city-owned, the cemetery is self-supporting, not taxpayer-funded.
Considering how much press the cemetery is getting, it might want to add an "in the news" section to its Web site.