The Natural Funeral

Urn Options s at The Natural Funeral. photo by Shannon Young

Today marks the Day of the Dead in Mexico. It’s a time to welcome the spirits and memories of the dearly departed and to reflect on our own mortality. But in U.S. culture, this type of face-to-face reckoning with death itself is often taboo.

Today we delve into one of those taboos: what to do with ones body after death….and the ecological consequences of each choice. KGNU News Director Shannon Young recently visited The Natural Funeral in Lafayette, the only funeral home in Colorado to offer the newly-legalized practice of body composting and the first in the state to have introduced water cremation.

Executive Producer: Beth Bennett
Producers: Shelley Schlender and Joel Parker
Additional Contribution: Shannon Young