Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:00 PM
by Laurie Robinson, The Oregonian
The voices for a green grave are sprouting all over. The Shroud Lady in Southeast Portland. The Green Reaper in Boring. The button-down funeral director who now wants a wicker casket for his own burial. Conservationists who want to preserve land, not bodies."We don't need to pickle people," science teacher Larry Hurst of Southwest Portland says of embalming fluid, which he describes as poison in the ground. And, he says, we don't need to be encased in concrete vaults or grave liners that many cemeteries require so the ground doesn't sink over time.