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Burials In Lawrence Go Green

Phyllis Farnell holding her drawing of a mandala.
Ashly Kissman / KCUR
Phyllis Farnell holding her drawing of a mandala.


Kansas City, MO – These days a lot of industries are greening their operations, to appeal to the environmentally-conscious consumer, or the eco-chic. And the funeral industry is no exception. Green burials are a growing trend across the nation. On January 1, 2009, the city commission in Lawrence, Kansas set aside a third of an acre in the Oak Hill Cemetery to host this alternative burial option. That makes Oak Hill the closest green burial site in the Kansas City area. But the idea will take a little while to catch on; only three plots have been sold so far. KCUR's Ashly Kissman got to speak to a woman who owns one of them.

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