You might not know it, but cemeteries have a considerable environmental impact. Modern burial practices require cleared land, put toxic chemicals into the ground and cost a fortune for families.
These practices are not actually that old. Urban cemeteries were originally created to provide some green relief within the dense, smoggy cities of industrialised England.
So why do we continue with these practices in Australia? Aren’t there more environmental, contextual and affordable ways to remember our loved ones?
Jordan Silver, editor of Towards Small Things, spoke with Kia Handley about some contemporary examples of cemeteries in NSW.