DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – What’s a final resting place to some is now a new beginning for others.
“This seems to be another choice that is quickly becoming in demand,” says Rick Meade, Superintendent of Calvary Cemetery.
Calvary Cemetery dedicated Tuesday a new natural burial area. Known as the St. Kateri Preserve Project, the area will include a lake and walking trails.
“It’s a totally biodegradable back to nature situation,” Meade says.
What you won’t find are traditional head stones. Instead graves will be marked with natural rocks and kept record of using GPS coordinates.
Caskets or urns will be made of biodegradable materials.
The cemetery will still offer its traditional burial options. Officials say they’re the first cemetery in Montgomery County to offer the natural option.
“There is a significant amount of folks that want to know they weren’t in a burial vault,” Meade says. “Their remains are returned to the Earth.”
Work on the preserve will be finished at the end of the year. It will take a few years after that for the trees and grasslands to reach maturity, but it is now open for those who want a natural burial.