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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Spring Cleaning in Green Meadow

Oct 30, 2015 01:05PM

Green Meadow, a natural burial Ground at Fountain Hill Cemetery is seeking volunteers for a fall clean-up event on Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. The first of its’ kind in the Lehigh Valley, Green Meadow’s goal is to create a beautiful and respectful place to allow the body to degrade naturally and rejoin Earth’s elements, perpetuating the natural cycle of life and death. The burial process uses what remains of life to regenerate new life, to return dust to dust. Volunteers can meet the caretakers and staff and experience the site’s philosophy.

Unlike traditional cemeteries, Green Meadow prohibits practices that prevent natural reunion with the earth, including burial vaults, metal caskets and chemical embalming. Upright headstones are not permitted; however, ground level fieldstone and other natural native rock markers are allowed.

Maintenance of the grounds at Green Meadow also differs from traditional cemeteries. The meadow is planted with native Pennsylvania wildflowers eliminating the need for lawn care and creating a peaceful, contiguous native wildflower landscape. The Fall cleanup will include cutting back wildflowers and planting bulbs.

Fountain Hill Cemetery is non-denominational and non-profit. Located at 1121 Graham Street, Bethlehem. For more information, contact Ed Vogrins at 610-868-4840. 

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