Green Burial Vermont to host information session on March 12

LINCOLN — Green Burial Vermont, will host a presentation/discussion on Sunday, March 12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Library, on River Road in Lincoln.
The short documentary video, “Dying Green,” will be shown, followed by a brief talk by Michelle Acciavatti, coauthor with the Calais Cemetery Commission of Bill H.3, currently under consideration in the Vermont Legislature. H.3 would raise the required minimum burial depth from five feet to three-and-a-half feet, an important consideration for green burial practices. Acciavatti is a home funeral, green burial and advance care planning guide, and death midwife from Montpelier.
The presentation will be followed by audience questions and discussion with a panel consisting of Acciavatti, green burial consultant Ron Slabaugh of Middlebury and advocate/wildlife biologist Carl Anderson from West Berkshire.
Vermont is one of only two states that set a legal minimum depth for burial. A few other states require a minimum depth of soil over the body and a three-and-a-half foot burial depth is consistent with these guidelines. Green burial is a return to the way we have cared for our dead for thousands of years. A green burial does not embalm the body, uses a simple biodegradable shroud or coffin, no concrete or steel vault and a grave only three-and-a-half feet deep.
Vermont is among the minority of states that does not have a certified green burial facility, and Bill H.3 could help change that. There are currently 150 green burial sites in 28 states and the District of Columbia. We believe Bill H.3 will help add Vermont to the list of states offering green burial as a viable option, and are optimistic about its passage.
Join us for a lively discussion and learn what you can do to support passage of H.3. Contact Green Burial Vermont for more information at [email protected].

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