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Guide to Natural Burial, A

Guide to Natural Burial, A
Practice Area:  Environmental Health
ISBN:  9780414044906
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Author:Ken West
Publication Date:  25 Jun 2010
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Paperback
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Ken West explores the myriad social, economic and environmental issues surrounding this concept, A Guide to Natural Burial:
  • Defines what constitutes ‘natural burial’
  • Considers the various types of sites now operating and provides guidance on operating a natural burial site, from how it can be designed to what happens on the day of the funeral
  • Analyses and critiques existing processes e.g. conventional burial and cremation
  • Contains practical advice on such matters as embalming, green coffins, memorialisation and creating habitats
  • Looks at the historical perspective of funerals and their current commercial, environmental and social impact


  1. Understanding the Market
  2. What is Natural Burial?
  3. Is there a Standard for Natural Burial?
  4. What is a Natural Burial Site?
  5. How does Layout and Infrastructure affect the Service?
  6. How should Natural Burial Sites be managed?
  7. Dead set against the Planning Application?
  8. How are Natural Burial carried out?
  9. How to Market Natural Burial
  10. Funeral Directing
Appendix – Contact Details


"In the hands of a natural burial ground owner, this book will become as thumbed and dogeared as any cook’s favourite recipe book"

"It fulfils its purpose: to inform anyone wanting to understand the funeral market; anyone wanting to understand the commercial, environmental and social impact of funerals; and those wanting to take control of their own funeral arrangements"

Review from The Good Funeral Guide
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