The Shenandoah River flows lazily along of the base of Virginia’s Great Blue Ridge here at Cool Spring Natural Cemetery nestled in Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley. Eagles and herons fly above meadows of wildflowers and cool, green woodlands. Deer and wild turkey wander peacefully across the hallowed grounds where Union and Confederate troops fought and died in 1864.
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery is a place for people of all faiths and beliefs who seek a burial that is kind to the Earth in a place of unparalleled natural beauty and serenity.
Trappist monks have worked and prayed on this land for more than 60 years and in 2012 the monastic community of Holy Cross Abbey placed the 1200-acre monastery in perpetual preservation easement with a portion of the property dedicated to natural burial.
At Cool Spring Natural Cemetery clients may choose a final resting place in either the cool shade of an eastern hardwood forest or on a sloping meadow overlooking the Shenandoah River with spectacular mountain vistas.
A scattering garden is available for cremated bodies.
Traditional metal caskets are not allowed at Cool Spring . Instead, burials are conducted using low-impact bio-degradable containers made from simple materials like unvarnished wood, cardboard or even a simple shroud. Except in the case of cremation, bodies entering the cemetery may not be embalmed. Grave markers, if desired, are engraved using local river stones and placed over the burial site. Plastic flowers and other ornaments are prohibited in the cemetery.
As our society continues to grow in its understanding that each generation must do all that it can to leave the Earth a better place for future generations, Cool Spring Natural Cemetery offers a place where death and renewal gently join hands to receive the body and free the spirit.