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GREEN BURIAL INFORMATION

The Cemetery Division of the Parks Department of the City of Fort Collins has developed a burial area for "Green Burials". This is at Roselawn Cemetery and is called the Garden of Harmony.

In the Garden of Harmony all burials will follow certified standards set aside by the Green Burial Council. No embalming will be allowed. There will be no outer container (burial vault) required. If a casket is used it must be of biodegradable material or the deceased can be wrapped in a biodegradable shroud.

A family requesting a green burial automatically waives the right of disinterment of the remains. The family is responsible for getting the deceased to the cemetery. Additional cremains burial can be added to the burial site.

The memorial must be flat granite no larger than 2 feet long by 1 foot wide by 4 inches thick for a single grave, or 4 feet long by 1 foot wide by 4 inches thick for two graves centered over both graves. The setting fee will be doubled for a 4' memorial. Only one memorial will be allowed per grave; no secondary memorials permitted. The memorial will have no concrete borders; no flower vases will be allowed. There will be no plantings of any kind allowed. The Garden of Harmony will not be irrigated and maintenance will be at a minimum. In 2010 the area was reseeded with native grasses and wild flowers.

Related: The Denver Channel's report on green burials