Let the Dead Bury the Dead


Elizabeth Collins came up with an idea she thought would appeal to the environmentally conscious and the thrifty, as well as those whose religions generally practice simple burials. She wanted to create a cemetery in Macon, Georgia, where people would be buried without coffins or vaults and without embalming. Macon-Bibb county officials squashed her plans by mandating caskets or vaults for all burials.