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Saturday, April 22 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Panorama Natural Burial - Open House Event

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The green burial movement is gaining traction in the United States as a sustainable, meaningful, and restorative option. Statistics abound describing the environmental impact of what we consider “traditional” burial, as well as other disposition methods in the United States. Green burial offers a sustainable alternative to such practices, urging people to take a hard look at what they are truly leaving behind, and empowering individuals in their end-of-life decision-making. Green burial prompts discussion around returning to the earth and how this is truly the most environmentally-friendly final disposition.

This launch event and open house will introduce Charlottesville to Panorama Natural Burial, a new business of Panorama Farms that provides an open and inclusive space to learn about green burial and make informed end-of-life decisions. In addition to being a final resting place for loved ones, Panorama Natural Burial plans to host a variety of small-scale community events. Our hope is to be a space for people to learn, gather, reflect, and connect in the Charlottesville area as we redefine and return death care to its ancient roots.

We’ll begin the day with a brief dedication ceremony (11 AM) followed by remarks about Panorama Natural Burial’s benefits to the county and the increasing awareness around end-of-life choices (12 PM). Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and blanket and enjoy the beautiful fields and forest, visit information stations, and take part in thought-provoking activities designed to encourage open conversation about death.

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Christopher Murray

Founding Director, Panorama Natural Burial
Rarely does one stumble on work that feeds body, mind, and spirit. Christopher Murray has been incredibly fortunate that Panorama Natural Burial has become one of those vocations.  Having buried three family members at the 200-year-old cemetery on Panorama Farms, he saw how leveraging... Read More →
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Stephanie Bonney

General Manager, Panorama Natural Burial
Stephanie Bonney was born and raised in New England. She has a degree in psychology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Having always had an interest in deathcare, Stephanie went back to school briefly for mortuary science and apprenticed at a funeral home in Vermont... Read More →

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Panorama Natural Burial

In 1953, James B. Murray and Jean "Bunny" Murray established Panorama Farms in Earlysville, VA. They believed in thoughtful stewardship of the land, devoting their lives to conservation and community as they raised their eight sons on the farm. They remained steadfast in these values... Read More →

Saturday April 22, 2023 10:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Panorama Green Cemetery

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