UCN hosts presentation on Natural Burial Nov. 4

Unitarian Church North presents “Greening the End of Life: Home Funerals and Natural Burials” on Sunday, November 4, at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the church, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.

The workshop is for those who are interested in living lightly upon the earth and who are curious about greener alternatives at the end of life. Topics include: family-directed funerals; the environmental impacts of embalming, conventional burial, and cremation; and more environmentally sustainable options for final disposition, including natural burials and new methods such as flameless cremation.

The workshop will be led by Anna Benton, founder of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit End of Life Alternatives. Benton has more than 20 years of experience in public health. She is trained as an End of Life Doula and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Funerals Alliance.

All are welcome to attend the 10 a.m. Sunday church service as well, with a sermon titled “Samhain: The Celtic New Year to Honor the Dead.” This service will include elements of Pagan ritual, a story about Samhain (pronounced sow-in), explanation of the origins of the Day of the Dead and Halloween, and a rite to honor the dead. You may bring a photo of a loved one you have lost. A lunch follows the service.