Mary Woodsen, founding president of Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve, will discuss green burial and conservation cemeteries at the next meeting of the Falmouth Death Café Wednesday, April 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the First Congregational Church of Falmouth across from the Village Green.
Green burial is the natural interment of human bodies in the soil to allow them to decompose and be recycled without introducing toxic chemical and nonbiodegradable materials into the soil and groundwater. Conservation cemeteries are burial grounds dedicated to natural interments, land conservation, and ecosystem preservation.
Ms. Woodsen has been involved in the green burial movement, both regionally and nationally, since early 2000 and now provides outreach and research for the Green Burial Council of North America. She has researched and tracked the changing face of death care in America and will share some of her insights at the Wednesday meeting.
Death Café is an international movement started in Europe to encourage people to talk about a taboo subject—death. It is not a support group, counseling session, or workshop, but rather community members coming together in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, sharing refreshments and respectful, engaging, thought-provoking and life-affirming conversation.
The objective of Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.
Wednesday’s event is hosted and facilitated by Waquoit Congregational and First Congregational churches and the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts.