Grave Matters: A Journey Through the American Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial by Mark Harris (2008)—Environmental journalist Harris follows families who opted out of chemical embalming and fancy caskets, elaborate and costly funerals, and who embraced instead a range of natural options.

In Harris’s preface he says that green burials are “just one of many strategies we’re embracing in search of more meaningful, more fitting, and, ultimately, more natural alternatives to the generic send-off proffered by the local funeral home. And if my research and travels are any indication, it’s doing nothing less than rewriting—and, in the process, re-righting—the American Way of Death.”