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It is long since I have been thinking and wishing for a garden burial but here in Spain rules are quite rigid and I don't yet have the language proficiency to discuss this in detail with an authority.  My biggest problem, though, is an unwillingness of my nearest and dearest to discuss this seriously. They don't seem to realise how important these things are and how, if arranged in advance, a conversation now will relieve a great deal of stress later. Has anyone else had a similar problem? If so, how did you, if you did, get over this? Is your family more understanding? I'm struggling to get the idea of meat chickens on our finca into my husband's comfort zone, let alone my mortal remains!
 
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Hi, Mandy
I have had some of the same questions as you have mentioned and have given this a lot of thought.

When I lived in a foreign country, I found that writing my questions out, then translating them into their language worked for me. I was uncomfortable about handing someone my questions so I mailed them in a letter.

I patiently waited for my husband to mention something about death.  Then I said I was planning to be buried on our land.  That opened the discussion so I could explain about green burials.

Maybe something like this would work in your situation.

 
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Thank you Anne!  I do think him indoors just needs time.  The children though.....
Today I saw an advert by a Spanish lady, to do all one's paperwork for a small fee,  who has great English and I thought I might just give her a ring.  I shall write out all my thoughts first, though, so I can at least practice my Spanish.
 
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That would be nice to have this thread for Spain or even all Europe laws! If you like the idea, maybe you can edit the title? This theme is all about laws actually.

I have found this petition for humusation in belgium:
https://www.humusation.org/

they want it to be the 3rd authorized way of burial. They describe the process in 12 months and compost given to the familly.
 
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Mandy, I hadn't thought about the children until you mentioned them.

I thought getting the idea into dear hubby would be difficult enough though our daughter would probably be fine with what I want to do.

We did our wills years ago as my dear hubby is very thoughtful about protecting his family after he is gone.  I feel that what would be best is to write a letter with my wishes, sealed in an envelope with any necessary legal forms (like I read in another thread).  A copy of this would be given to our attorney to put in our file with our wills.

Before doing this, I want to learn as much as I can so I will do it properly.  
 
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While reading "The Hidden Life of Trees", forest burials are mentioned as a way for communities to pay for ancient trees. These ancient trees being support systems for many different species. I couldn't find any good resources in English, although here's the German site which shows a number of places in the country you could do this: https://www.friedwald.de/

It might help your argument to show that forest burials are an established practice which have clear benefits for forest ecology.
 
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