Natural Transitions is an international educational non-profit that also offers natural death-care services and events in our home base of Boulder, Colorado.
- Public workshops on caring for the dead
- Educational consultations for families wanting to create after-death care plans (similar to birthing plans) for when death occurs. We have been assisting families since 2003 to care for their loved-ones at death. Please email us or call 303.443.3418 (preferably as advance of death as possible) to create a death care plan with our experienced guides.
- GREEN BURIAL BOULDER COUNTY – Join our group to bring green burial options to Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.
REDUCE YOUR FINAL FOOTPRINT. The opposite of death is not life. It’s indifference.
Each year, 22,500 cemeteries across the United States bury approximately:
30 million board feet (70,000 m3) of hardwood caskets
90,272 tons of steel caskets
14,000 tons of steel vaults
2,700 tons of copper and bronze caskets
1,636,000 tons of reinforced concrete vaults
827,060 US gallons (3,130 m3) of embalming fluid, which usually includes formaldehyde.
When formaldehyde is used for embalming, it breaks down, and the chemicals released into the ground after burial and ensuing decomposition are inert. The problems with the use of formaldehyde and its constituent components in natural burial are the exposure of mortuary workers to it and the destruction of the decomposer microbes necessary for breakdown of the body in the soil.