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First natural cemetery opens in Zvolen

The aim of the project is to create a place where respect for the deceased and respect for nature interconnect.

(Source: Ján Krošlák, SME)

Záhrada spomienok (Garden of Memories) was opened In the northern part of Zlatý Potok (Golden Stream) cemetery in Zvolen, the first natural cemetery in Slovakia.

The aim of the project is to create a place where respect for the deceased and respect for nature interconnect. The natural environment also has therapeutic power and symbolic meanings that could help the bereaved to go through the grief of losing a loved one.

People at the natural cemetery will be buried in simple urns made from natural materials, under treetops or near flowerbeds.

In this part of the cemetery, building tombstones and laying artificial wreaths are not allowed.

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