What is Natural Burial?

Return to a simpler, more natural tradition.

Prior to contemporary, conventional cemeteries where graves are organized in carefully measured rows and marked by polished stone or cement headstones, there were natural burial grounds. There was no such thing as chemical embalming, varnished caskets with fancy linings, or concrete vaults. Natural or ‘green burial’ is a return to those traditions that provide a simple, less wasteful, non-toxic means of dedicating one’s physical form back to the earth to rejoin the soil with dignity and with minimal environmental impact.
Orange poppy flowers in a sunny meadow

Benefits of natural burial

Natural burial pays special attention to returning the body back to the earth in a safe way that is simple and natural, allows for greater family interaction, and is a fraction of the cost of conventional burial. In current times, green burial is also rooted in the spirit of social and environmental change– and Serenity Ridge is committed to being part of that change.


Natural burial aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitats.


The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult times in life, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can still honor your loved one without the overwhelming details and costs.


Put your loved one to rest at a fraction of the cost of conventional burial.


An alternative to the current standard form of burial that is friendly to all aspects of a person’s life and to their memory.

What exactly does natural burial look like?

Hover over different parts of the diagram below to explore how natural burial works.

Standard Burial

Standard burials use formaldehyde embalming and long-lasting caskets.

Natural Burial

The natural, or green, burial method does not use embalming fluid and allows for only a biodegradable casket, shroud or urn which can help avoid the use of toxic chemicals, metal, and protects wildlife habitats and native plant communities.
Fallen leaves on forest floor

Think natural burial may be the right fit?

Why not as part of your last act, enhance the environment, rather than impact it!

Get in touch

Cemetery Location

2406 Ridge Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244

Mailing Address

1212 York Road
Suite C 300
Lutherville, MD 21093

For any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you.

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