As Gilbert Becker of Blue Springs, Mo. approached the end of life, he and and his family decided to plan a “green” or “natural” burial at Green Acres Cemetery near Columbia, Mo. After he passed away in Sept. 2013, Becker’s sons carved a casket from a neighbor’s tree and he was laid to rest in nature, where the family had spent many memorable times camping, fishing and just being outside with their husband and father.

Religion News Service video by Sally Morrow, (includes photos/video courtesy of Jeff Becker)

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Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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