A Natural Burial in Italy

Continuing with the forestry thought a number of months ago a Britain based friend and I were discussing Natural Burial Grounds.  I had never heard of them previously and was immediately struck by the beauty of the idea.

I know now that there are quite a number of sites within the British Isles. The idea inspires and thrills, being buried in woodland or in a future woodland site matches my evolving philosophy well.

However, I am somewhat dismayed by the inability to follow such a rite here in Italy, the current legislation forbids burial outside of ‘sanctified’ ground, even the choice of coffin is restricted to non ecological specifications.  No ecopods here. 😦

I obviously hope that this will change in the future. So far I have found one Italian organisation which hopes to offer a natural burial service in the future, www.capsulamundi.it , although their website seems a little outdated and as yet I haven’t had any response from the email enquiry I sent.


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  1. 18 March, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Natural Burial Around the World

    The modern concept of natural burial began in the UK in 1993 and has since spread across the globe. According the Centre for Natural Burial, http://naturalburial.coop there are now several hundred natural burial grounds in the United Kingdom and half a dozen sites across the USA, with others planned in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and even China.

    A natural burial allows you to use your funeral as a conservation tool to create, restore and protect urban green spaces.

    The Centre for Natural Burial provides comprehensive resources supporting the development of natural burial and detailed information about natural burial sites around the world. With the Natural Burial Co-operative newsletter you can stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the rapidly growing trend of natural burial including, announcements of new and proposed natural burial sites, book reviews, interviews, stories and feature articles.

    The Centre for Natural Burial

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