Green Burial and Natural Death Care – with Heather Massey and Judith Lorei

March 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Green Burial and Natural Deathcare : Your Options, Choices & Rights” Presentation

Judith Lorei , a green burial advocate, and Heather Massey, a consultant and natural deathcare educator, will present “Green Burial and Natural Deathcare : Your Options, Choices & Rights”.  The free event is open to the public, all are welcome.   

Judith Lorei is the President of Green Burial Massachusetts, an all-volunteer, statewide, non-profit organization, and a member of the Montague Cemetery Commission. Green Burial Massachusetts educates the public about green burial by providing presentations, showing films, and maintaining a website with resources. It provides advocacy for individuals seeking a green burial and consults with city and town officials about how to incorporate green burial practices into their existing cemeteries. Ms Lorei will explain how green burial is defined and how it can be accomplished.

Heather Massey, founder of “In Loving Hands”, a center for natural deathcare education on Cape Cod, providing consultation and educational services to individuals and families, in-services, as well to medical and hospice facilities and organizations. She is also a facilitator of the Cape Cod Death Cafe and monthly Death Education classes in Falmouth, and the Living with Dying discussion group in Woods Hole. Ms Massey will discuss the practical aspects of home and family based natural deathcare, funeral options, and the ways in which loved ones of the deceased are able to naturally honor and commemorate life and loss. Ms. Massey is a volunteer with the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts and both women are presenters with the Natural Deathcare Collaborative.

As we’ve come to realize the importance of environmental issues in every area of our lives, we also need to consider the implications and consequences of choices that we have in deciding what to do with our body after death. Our final disposition can have a lasting environmental impact and yet few realize that their values in life can be reflected in the selection of after death care or their “final footprint”. Few are aware that in Massachusetts, families have the legal right to care for their own dead at home, and to prepare them for burial or cremation. Nor do many realize if burial is chosen, being placed directly into the grave, rather than in a vault or grave liner, is also an option, and one which allows for the natural return to the earth.