We can help bring a community rooted burial ground
to Washington state. One that understands the
nuances in autonomous care, grief, capitalism, environmental care and death.
River Crossing Burial Ground will be a natural cemetery, also known as land for Green burial. The vision is to slowly transform the already beautiful piece of land, which was largely cleared to graze cattle, into a permaculture-based sanctuary that produces food, woven with beauty and intention, and sprinkled with sacred spots.
The land still holds an old oak tree, many maples and cedars, salmonberries, nettles, and a creek with an old homestead house. These native plants will be nurtured and added, alongside intentionally chosen food-producing trees and other plants.
Imagine – coming back year after year to tend a grove of berries growing over and from your ancestors.
Humans have ancestors who cared for their own dead, who performed ceremony as a part of body disposition. So much of historical and current forces seek to disconnect us from our own dead, and from the realities of our bodies as a part of the natural cycle. This cemetery offers a space for people to explore re-weaving connection with the dead, and with the earth. A respectful space for you to be able to carry out your own traditions with privacy and as few limitations as possible. This cemetery will exist as a part of the fabric of community and will evolve to meet the needs of community members as they arise.
Burial at RCBG:
People can be shrouded or buried in a woven or wooden casket, becoming a part of the earth. The process allows for humans to feed new life, just as the rest of nature does in death.
What can we dream together?
Honoring of life, Rituals, Dances, Celebrations, Educational Events, Dinners, and more.
The land of this burial ground is in the stolen territory of the Cowlitz Tribe, The Forever People.
Through education, relationship building, and tending to the land River Crossing Burial Ground will work to honor and respect the Cowlitz tribe’s past, present, and future members.