Prairie Home offers natural burial as an alternative to traditional burial. Both full size natural burial and burial of cremated remains are allowed in the prairie.
Overview of Natural Burial
Natural burial, or green burial, is the interment of an unembalmed body in an earthen grave. It is a burial practice that has been used for millennia and has seen added interest since the 1990s. Natural burial is dignified, eco-friendly, and minimizes the carbon footprint.
Prairie Home Cemetery has a Section (12) devoted to Natural Burial in a Prairie setting.
It is not unusual to see wildlife in the prairie. The prairie is a magnet for birds of all kinds and butterflies. In the summer you will notice bird watchers, walkers and people who sit and reflect in this beautiful area.
Please visit but do not remove any seeds or flowers, it is strictly prohibited.
With natural burial, there normally is no traditional embalming, and the body is wrapped in a burial shroud that is then interred. It may also be placed, either shrouded or unshrouded in a fully biodegradable casket. However with green friendly embalming techniques, families may opt to have a service followed by burial. Please note burial normally takes place within 24-48 hours of death.
Caskets often times used are of a wicker, sea grass, or wood (or similar solid material) construction, with no metal. No burial vault is used (concrete or other nondegradable permanent device).
The new committal area has a dual purpose:
To serve as a place where families and clergy can hold funeral services
To serve as a place where memorialization of those buried will occur
Cenotaphs (large monuments) will be located within this area and hold the names of those individuals that are buried in the prairie.
For more information please contact our office at 262-524-3540. Convenient preplanning packages are available. If your group or organization has an interest in a Natural Burial Presentation please email us at PrairieHome@waukesha-wi.gov.