Re: Community Cemetery
From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 08:41:34 -0800 (PST)
I think this is a great idea.  It certainly wouldn't bother me.

In fact: I wish my parents had not chosen to be cremated. I now have no where to go to "be alone" with one or the other of them, when I want to think, "ask them questions" etc. They are now everywhere, and nowhere.


On Oct 29, 2006, at 9:22 PM, Kibuyu wrote:

In our community, we’re considering designating a
small part of our large open wilderness space as a
cemetery for “green burials”  i.e. where members could
be buried in simple biodegradable coffins and without
permanent markers.  Two cutting-edge concepts there -
DIY burials without middlemen, and outside of a
cemetery, yet it appears that both are legal in our

Within our community, opinion is divided. Proponents
argue that this procedure has been the norm for most
of the world since the dawn of mankind; death is the
natural end of life and we should return our remains
to the land where we live, without consuming yet more
costly resources in our passing. Opponents say uh-oh,
even if this is legal, it will have to be disclosed
when houses are sold, and what will this do to our
property values? Will it put off prospective buyers?

Now, prospective cohousing buyers are not your average
J Doe, they are people like you and me with a fair
amount of education and tolerance and receptivity to
unconventional ideas. So I’d like to ask you this

If you were about to buy a house in a new community,
and you learned that someone had a) died in that house
and b) been buried nearby, would that affect your
decision or your perceived value of the house?

I searched your archive but could only find one short
1995 thread on the subject. Has anyone out there
first-hand experience of burying neighbors in
community land, or of trying to do so?

Feel free to reply directly to me if you don’t want to
clutter the listserve with responses, then I will
later post a single summary of feedback received, for
general interest.

Thanks, and happy Halloween! – David B

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