About Natural Burial
Natural burial is a kind and gentle burial option that offers natural return to the earth. Our mission is to provide a respectful, simple, low cost, and environmentally sound burial choice for families in New Mexico. We have developed La Puerta Natural Burial Ground, a 40 acre private, serene, conservation burial site at the base of the Manzano Mountains.
A natural (green) burial is a traditional burial and is sanctioned by state statutes. The washed body is returned to the earth wrapped in an organic blanket or burial shroud, or is placed in a pine casket without the use of embalming chemicals.
The burial site is recorded with GPS coordinates, the surface is restored, and a native plant or stone may commemorate the site.
Funeral and memorial services may be held as customary in one’s church, synagogue, mosque, or temple. Families may wish to choose home funerals and memorials or graveside services.
Families have the legal option to prepare a loved one's body for natural burial as well as transport the body to the burial site. La Puerta staff can provide education and guidance. The use of a traditional funeral home that agrees to follow the guidelines of La Puerta Natural Burial Ground is also an option.
Natural Burial New Mexico will donate $225 of the already low burial plot cost of $450 to a non-profit organization, environmental cause, church, synagogue, temple, or mosque of purchaser's choice. Support our mission by reserving burial sites for yourself and your loved ones in advance.
The natural burial movement in the United States is rapidly expanding and currently includes over 200 burial sites.
For further information please contact us or see below for downloadable files.
Concerns and Facts
The average cost of a funeral in the United States is well over eight thousand dollars. (National Home Funeral Alliance)
*Each year in the United States, 22,500 traditional cemeteries put the following into our soil: