A visit to Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery in Fallbrook, California. The only cemetery certified for green burial in San Diego County.
Green burial in San Diego County is available! An online search for local alternatives to “traditional” burial brings several options that are misleading. One group states they offer human composting, but your body has to be transported out of California.
Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery opened in 1917 for in-ground burials. It is non-denominational, so all faiths are welcome. The local Masonic Lodge maintains the grounds.
A section in the Northeast part of the Fallbrook cemetery is “free” of embalmed burials on purpose. In 2021, that “open” section met the criteria of the Green Burial Council. The GBC is a national information source on green burial requirements:
For green burial, a shroud made of organic material can cover the body. Or a “natural woven” casket contains the body.
A graveyard in North San Diego County states that it has a “green section.” But that area is only available for burial of cremains, or scattering cremains, not full-body burials. This, no doubt, has been misleading to many seeking a green burial locally.
The Masonic Cemetery is open to the public all year. It is easy to get to, so families and friends can visit as often as they want to.