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Ray Karno, 47, of Oakland, Calif., looked over burial plots in January with Juliette Sehee at the Forever Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, Calif., which began offering ‘‘green burials’’ last year.
Ray Karno, 47, of Oakland, Calif., looked over burial plots in January with Juliette Sehee at the Forever Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley, Calif., which began offering ‘‘green burials’’ last year. (Getty Images Photo) Getty Images Photo

For some, a casket just isn't natural

In 'green burials,' a cloth, soil will do

By Mark Pothier
Globe Staff / April 25, 2005

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. -- Death-care trends usually sweep from west to east, funeral industry officials say. Cremation rates in Oregon and Washington have surpassed 60 percent and in Marin County, Calif., it is about 80 percent. The Cremation Society of Los Angeles even allows arrangements to be made by fax or phone. (Full article: 622 words)

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