What is Green Burial?
Learn from Shedd Farley, Natural Path Sanctuary, Nickie Gard and Melissa Theisen, Gunderson Funeral & Cremation Care about burial options that emphasize simplicity and environmental sustainability. Shedd will share about his passion for green burials and Natural Path Sanctuary, a nature preserve burial ground also known as a green cemetery. Natural Path Sanctuary is located in Verona and is the first cemetery in Dane County, WI, that exclusively follows natural/green burial practices.
Melissa Theisen, Advanced Planning and Aftercare Specialist: Melissa grew up in rural Montello but has called the Madison area home for over 30 years. She has a passion for helping people, and considers it an honor to help families have memorable experiences at a difficult time.
Nickie Gard, Licensed Funeral Director and Advanced Planning and Aftercare Specialist: Nickie graduated from the Des Moines Community College Mortuary Science Advanced Standing Program in 2020, and in early 2021 she earned her funeral director’s license. She is also a certified National Veteran’s Benefits representative. Nickie feels privileged to work with families to create peace of mind.
Shedd Farley, Director of the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, founded by his father and named after his parents. He is also coordinator of Natural Path. Sanctuary, the on-site, certified green cemetery where his parents are buried.