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Green Burial With Portland Natural Caskets

There is one thing certain in life, that is death.  When you, me, our friends and family members' time comes, like everything else alive, when we die our body will decompose back into mother earth.

By means in how we're buried is a choice each family decides.  For many, the connection to nature is strong; however, the burial process is a rather dirty and wasteful business.  Fortunately, there is a growing segment in burial services that are is focused on green burial methods.  One such green burial service we can take part in is the casket in which our bones will rest in peace

Portland Natural Caskets is one of these business that is passionate about the green burial movement.  The owner and fabricator of each casket, Scott Cummings is a member of the Green Burial Council.  Often not the first line of work one thinks about getting into, Cummings' mom taught classes on death and dying so it was familiar.  He also was a metal and woodworker for 15 years.  Naturally, after moving back to Portland with his wife and child, he decided to apply two areas in which he was familiar with, death and fabrication and that's the birth of Portland Natural Caskets.

Cummings says that it's, "a labor of love with lots of pride in each casket."  These caskets do not use nails, screws, or stains and all the wood is grown locally in Oregon and sustainably harvested.  Even their urns are made from salvaged wood from Portland area trees that have fallen due to storms. Casket scraps are reused for a variety of purposes.  For instance, they are turned into earrings and sold at Guild, blocks are made and donated to schools, and some is used as firewood.  For the wood shavings, they are donated to the 4H club and used as bedding for pigs and chickens.

Costing about $1,900 these caskets are more affordable than many and they can be purchased at a variety of funeral homes around Portland, OR and Bellingham, WA.  Cummings also helped start the Natural Burial Association Pacific Northwest.  There, one can find local businesses and information on natural and home burial.

Portland Natural Caskets is a hyper local business that is helping grow the green burial movement.  For more information please visit PortlandNaturalCaskets.com or email Scott Cummings: info@portlandnaturalcaskets.com


Written by Jonathan Davis, Founder and Editor

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