Season's Greetings from the Natural Burial Program
From the Director's Desk

Dear Friends,


As we approach the end of the year, it's a natural time to take stock, count our blessings, and look ahead to the return of the light and the new year ahead.


We here at River View Cemetery are grateful for your continued interest in the development of our natural burial program. We are pleased to be able to serve the increasing number of clients who choose to be buried without embalming or outer burial vaults. 


With the input of community partners like you, we have plans well underway to establish a beautiful new natural burial area. In partnership with West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, we've already begun the environmental restoration of the wooded ravines that is essential to the health of the watershed and the Willamette River below us. Soon, River View customers will be able to contribute to restoring and conserving this special ecosystem as a part of their burial plans.  


We will continue to keep you updated on our progress, and welcome your questions or suggestions at any time. If your professional, neighborhood, faith, or community organization would like to host a conversation about natural burial, we would be delighted to arrange a presentation.


In the meantime, the Natural Burial Program team and I would like to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.


Best regards,


David Noble
Executive Director
River View Cemetery Association
At River View, you can plan to be buried nearly anywhere in the cemetery, directly in the earth without chemical embalming, in a biodegradable casket or a simple shroud.  In 2013, River View plans to begin construction of a new, dedicated Natural Burial Area - free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. And in coming years, we expect to make natural burial available in our beautiful forested areas.  For more information: