(Monday - January 18, 2021) - As there appears to
be a growing movement in the Country toward more eco-friendly, so-called
"green burials," the City of Iron Mountain is looking into the
possibility of providing this option at Cemetery park.
burials, as they are called, skip all of the traditional pre-burial
ceremony and preparation. Burials are made without the traditional
concrete vault and casket, with the body being placed directly into the
To maintain a park-like appearance, no above ground grave
markers are permitted.
City Manager Jordan Stanchina said they
are looking into what area or areas of Cemetery Park might be suited to
this type of burial. He said this may give the City an opportunity to
use some spaces within the park for green burials, that are not suited
for traditional burials.
The Manager said it's impossible to
predict what level of demand there might be for this service. He cited
the City of Marquette, where 250 green burial plots were laid out. Thus
far, after 18 months, only one has been used.
there are other problems that need to be worked out, such as how to
track the exact location of grave sites, and who will handle the opening
of the grave.
No timetable has been set for action on the
proposal. Stanchina said it won't matter till Spring anyway, since
opening any grave at this time of year is extremely difficult.