Mr. Green is busy on his world-wide publicity tour for his new book. In the meantime, here's a Mr. Green classic column from February 2007.
Hey Mr. Green,
Why assume that you have to have a lawn on your grave site ("Hey Mr. Green," May/June 2006)? — Herb in Ithaca, New York
Because I've already bought a grave plot, and the cemetery association maintains conventional turf. But I'm sticking with the site, which features assorted ancestors and dearly beloveds, scoundrels and all. Call such a custom deeply spiritual, profoundly human, or just stupidly sentimental, but it remains the preference for many of us.
Environmentally conscious folks who are less attached to tradition can join a growing movement for green burial, which inters ashes or unembalmed corpses in simple caskets, shrouds, or urns in woods or meadows that retain their original character. To learn more, visit greenburialcouncil.org.