The natural burial movement

I’ve never been good at tooting my own horn. Frankly, I was always raised to believe that your actions and deeds should speak for themselves.

Over the past 6 years, our actions at Foxfield Preserve really have spoken volumes. We’ve introduced and championed the natural burial movement in Ohio, promoting a burial alternative that conserves natural resources, protects lands and provides funding for nature education and conservation. And along the way we have provided many families with peace and a meaningful farewell. I’d say those actions speak pretty clearly of our principles and values! (Toot! Toot!) tuba In fact, we believe so deeply in the work that we are doing, that we are also actively working to help others set-up similar operations. Foxfield has been offering advice and consulting services to several organizations, but we are incredibly proud to share the exciting progress of one right here in Ohio. We have been sharing our experiences and guidance with the Philander Chase Land Trust of Kenyon College for several years as they worked to develop their own natural burial ground – which is expected to open near Columbus in 2015!

We’re so proud to be paving the path for others to follow in our footsteps, and so happy that Ohio will have another great alternative for simple, natural burials. We look forward to more forces joining us in this groundswell towards sustainable burial practices. Congratulations to Philander Chase!

4 thoughts on “The natural burial movement

  1. What do you have in natural burials, as far as the bodies go. In other words, I don’t want to be embalmed, I would like to be simply be buried in a wooden box, and allowed to pass my body on to the natural process. Really, what is the point of keeping a body preserved, in the ground, anyway?!

    • Patricia – What you are describing is, in essence, a natural burial. There is no embalming of the remains (or a non-chemical embalming when necessary), and only biodegradable containers are used. The body returns to the earth naturally, rejoining the life cycle. It is a simple, natural process and quite beautiful and comforting for our families. If you’d like to learn more, we would be happy to have you join us at one of our Informational Sessions! – Sara

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