On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Eva Moseley wanders through a tranquil wooded area in Massachusetts, pointing out various beauty spots amid the dappled sunlight and spreading trees.

It's a visit with a purpose - she is looking for the spot where she would like to be buried in a simple woodland ceremony.

Ms Moseley plans to be laid to rest in a shallow grave, without a large headstone, in a simple wood and cardboard coffin.

Her funeral plans are a far cry from the traditional American burial, which has become increasingly elaborate in the past 150 years.

In funeral showrooms across the US, salesman push grieving families towards the heavy, polished metal caskets used in more than 60 percent of burials in the country.

Two million of these caskets are buried each year in the US alone - enough to rebuild the Golden Gate bridge, according to the Green Burial Council.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/08/201386153839383771.html

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