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Want to be buried in a natural burial ground? Photo supplied.

Zenith Virago from the NSW Charity, The Natural Death Care Centre, is seeking support from those wishing to be buried in a Byron natural burial ground.

Ms Virago says,  ‘A diverse and committed group of people came together last year to explore the possibility of creating a natural burial ground in the Byron Shire.

‘A notice of motion was passed by Council last November, and they are committed to fulfilling the communities’ wishes in establishing a natural burial ground for the Byron Shire’.

Doing death well

Ms Virago says, ‘As a community, the Byron Shire is a trailblazer in doing death well, and reclaiming our legal rights, and our social rites to create ceremony and body disposal methods that are part of our lives. 

‘Did you know you can build your own coffin, and keep the person at home for up to five days after they die on a cold plate, and then bury them on private land, if it meets Council’s policy?

‘These are a return to the old ways of doing things, a global movement, a place where people could be buried in a simple or cardboard coffin, or in a shroud.

‘There are hundreds of natural burial grounds all over the world, and with our minds and hearts on the global climate crisis, this is a much more sustainable way to go’.

For more information and to show support, email [email protected]


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