For those who live lives in harmony with the earth and those who simply like the idea of an eternal resting place in a quiet patch of native bushland, Natural Burial is the perfect choice.
In preparing for Natural Burial, no chemical embalming fluids are used and the remains of the deceased person are placed in a biodegradable coffin, shroud or urn so that everything that’s buried can return to the earth naturally. Burial takes place in the ‘active soil zone’ to help this process along.
Adelaide Cemeteries offers the Wirra Wonga (Kaurna for ‘bush grave’) area at Enfield Memorial Park and the Pilyu Yarta (Kaurna for ‘peaceful ground’) garden at Smithfield Memorial Park. Both gardens feature native trees, shrubs and grasses that thrived in these areas long before white settlement. The result is that these areas are alive with the sounds of bees and birds.
No headstones or memorials are used in these areas, although families can choose to have a name and date of death inscribed on one of the communal memorial stones that stand at the entrance to each of these gardens. While individual burial sites eventually become indistinguishable, each grave is micro-chipped for easy future location.
If you’d like to take a look around Wirra Wonga or Pilyu Yarta yourself, just get in touch and one of our Memorial Consultants will be happy to take you on a guided walk. You can also submit an enquiry here.