Keewenaw Green Burial Alliance introduces green burial option to Iron Mountain

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - The Keewenaw Green Burial Alliance made a presentation in Iron Mountain Wednesday evening. They introduced dozens of Dickinson County residents to the idea of an alternative burial.

They say a green burial is better for the environment and the body being buried. It skips the coffin and the embalmment process, instead using chemicals to help the body decompose into the soil.

"A lot of people like to think that when I die, my body get recycled back to the trees, the plants, the flowers,” the Alliance’s Vice President Stephen Jukuri said. “Back into the ecosystem essentially."

"I'm the type of person that loves wildlife. I love to be in the outdoors,” Presentation Hostess Phyllis Carlson said. “I love the plants and the woods and stuff. I want to be part of those things."

Green burials are becoming more common in the U.P. with many cemeteries starting to allow it.

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