Video: From dust to dust – Gilbert Becker’s green burial

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Jeff and Suzanne Becker speak with Religion News Service at Jeff's home in Smithville, Mo., on Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2014), about husband and father, Gilbert Becker, who was buried naturally in a hand-carved log casket after his death in Sept. 2013. RNS photo by Sally Morrow

Jeff and Suzanne Becker speak with Religion News Service at Jeff's home in Smithville, Mo., on Tuesday (Jan. 21, 2014), about husband and father, Gilbert Becker, who was buried naturally in a hand-carved log casket after his death in Sept. 2013. RNS photo by Sally Morrow

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)