Content here represents the voice of SIGNATURE SUNSETS, an informational initiative designed to broaden and brighten horizons in the funerary domain.

The material is an outgrowth of a pre-planning reference book, Pondering Leaves: Composing and Conveying Your Life Story's Epilogue, written by the author of this blog.


Thursday, October 24, 2013


JOURNEY JOURNAL... Indianapolis, Indiana


The setting for burials in the five-acre Kessler Woods section at the edge of the Washington Park North Cemetery certainly epitomizes the concept of “natural.”  Upon entering this virginal wooded realm dominated by tall trees, one is apt to encounter darting and fluttering wildlife amidst a forest backdrop. The rustic and secluded surroundings are totally contrary to characteristically manicured and expansive cemetery grounds governed by tradition. 

Here is where the environmentally sustainable burial option offered by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers can be realized… where bodily remains decompose under natural conditions without impediments of metal caskets and concrete vaults or formaldehyde-based embalming, and according to established parameters. 

Once a body is buried, the dirt that was dug out to create the grave is placed on top of it.  With eventual underground decomposition, the dirt settles and the mound disappears. 

Gravesites here are covered with engraved sandstone or tree pieces as memorial markers. 

A nearby site also serves the same purpose, though the terrain is distinguished by prairie grasses and flowers native to Indiana.

Next time you’re in Indianapolis you might want to check out “the road less traveled” to see where some of Indiana’s outdoorsmen, environmentalists, conservationists, and others may come to rest. 

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