The simplicity of a natural burial means it does not need to be expensive. The costs for a natural burial are significantly less expensive than a traditional burial. Many of the conventional expenses, including embalming and elaborate caskets and headstones, have been eliminated.
A traditional burial with embalming costs an average of $8,000 and up, depending on services and location.
A natural burial at Cool Spring ranges from $2,300 for two cremation burials to $8,650 for one natural burial. Popular examples of pre-planning arrangements include:
- $2,300 for a cremation plot in the Woodland Rest and opening/closing the grave twice. Two interments are permitted on cremation sites, so this is equivalent to as little as $1,150 per person.* (This option costs $2,500 if purchased at the time of need.)*
- $4,250 for body burial in the Woodland Rest ($4,650 at the time of need).*
- $6,050 for body burial in the Blue Ridge Meadow ($6,650 at the time of need)*
*We currently only sell memorial stones at the time of need, so that option might be an additional expense, not included in any of the figures quoted above; the typical cost is $500 for an engraved river stone.
Be sure to investigate all costs, including services that are not provided by the Cemetery but instead are offered by funeral homes. In particular, when comparing the cost of cremation to natural body burial, note that cremation service is not provided by Cool Spring Natural Cemetery and cremation costs can vary widely.
For peace of mind, we recommend making provisions in advance. This will relieve your loved ones of the distress that comes from making difficult, often costly, decisions during a time of grief. A 10% Pre-Need discount also applies to site fees paid for in full before the time of need.
Current List of Prices
Circle of Silence
$8,000 – Natural Burial Site (10’x5′, one burial per site)
$4,000 – Cremation Burial Site (5’x3′, two burials per site)
Blue Ridge Meadow
$6,000 – Natural Burial Site (10’x5′, one burial per site)
$3,000 – Cremation Burial Site (5’x3′, two burials per site)
$4,000 – Natural Burial Site (10’x5′, one burial per site)
$2,000 – Cremation Burial Site (5’x3′, two burials per site)
A 10% Discount applies to all sites purchased Pre-Need with cash; sites purchased with credit cards receive a 5% discount.
Interment fees, Memorial Stone, and other costs vary based on your needs. These range from $500 – $1,500.
Opening and closing of a grave: $650
Opening and closing of cremation plot for the two interments permitted: $500
Memorial Stone: $500 ($250, plus $250 for typical engraving costs)
Cremation services are not provided by Cool Spring Natural Cemetery and must be purchased elsewhere.
Scheduling Funerals: while funerals may take place any day of the week, the monks encourage you to plan a day other than Sunday if possible. No interments are permitted on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
Disinterment: disinterment service is not offered by Cool Spring Natural Cemetery.
Be sure to review the Rules for Natural Burial before purchasing your site.