Wisconsin Cemeteries Which Allow Natural Burial
In Wisconsin, there are five green cemeteries:
- Milwaukee: Prairie Rest is inside historical Forest Home Cemtery, which is a hybrid cemetery with the south-east corridor of its grounds set aside for natural burial. Inside Prairie Rest, wildflowers, prairie grasses and trees have been reintroduced to the area, with a commitment that the land remain as natural as possible.
- Milwaukee: Greenwood Cemetery is also inside Forest Home, for the Jewish community.
- Waukesha: Prairie Home is a city-owned hybrid cemetery. The natural burial section is planted as a prairie with natural grasses and trees, and is accessible via pathways. *Home-funeral friendly.
- Verona (near Madison): Natural Path is a green cemetery set amidst 25 acres of Farley Center land. From the website: “The Natural Path Sanctuary is the only green burial grounds in the world helping support a farm incubator and peace and justice initiatives.” *Home-funeral friendly.
- Barneveld (near Madison): Circle Cemetery was one of the first green cemeteries to be established in the US (in 1995). It is 20 acres in size and includes woodlands, a restored prairie, and a forested ridgetop. The cemetery is part of the 200-acre Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve, owned and operated since 1983 by Circle Sanctuary (a nature spirituality church). *Home-funeral friendly.
The cost of a plot and interment at all of the above cemeteries is similar to a conventional burial spot, ranging from $3,000 – $4,500.
*Home-funeral friendly: These cemeteries all say that they will work directly with families who are holding a home funeral. They do not require that families use the services of a licensed funeral director.
Did you know? As of 2018, across the United States there are around 160 green cemeteries – and growing. Most of these cemeteries are hybrid: they allow both natural and conventional burial.