"Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life." — John Muir
Imagine a place where you can walk through a favorite forest, across a meadow, along the edges of a creek, or a pond. The path in front of you winds its way past native plants and around the diabase rocks so familiar to you, and to our region. Trillium burst upward in the spring, piles of leaves crunch under your feet in the fall. Your peace and quiet are broken only by the sounds of your footsteps, the wind, the river, the pond, or the birds singing from trees.
This is the experience we are building in a conservation burial ground or cemetery, in the North Carolina Piedmont.
As land conservationists focused on connecting people with land, we are creating an experience in the Triangle that seeks to protect and restore land, provides a place where we can return to traditional practices of taking care of our dead, and offers our growing community a place for rest and regeneration.
Our conservation project will be a nature preserve with a natural cemetery contained within it. A natural trail system will wind throughout the property. Natural pathways will offer space for healing and meditation amidst the final resting place of loved ones. Favorite pets may also be buried alongside their people. The preserve and cemetery will be open to all religions and affiliations, providing a destination of rest and reflection for all.
The cemetery will be managed as a nature preserve and follow all values ascribed to conservation.