What is a Green Burial?
A green burial is an ecofriendly and cost-effective alternative to a traditional funeral, and significantly reduces the impact on the environment. Much of what constitutes a green burial was once standard practice in this country, not the exception. At Cool Spring, it means we return the body to the earth as simply as possible.
Traditional metal caskets are not allowed. Instead, burials are conducted using low-impact biodegradable 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.
At Cool Spring, the Shenandoah River flows lazily along of the base of Virginia’s Great Blue Ridge. 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.
Final Resting Places
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.
Religious Affiliations and Funeral Services
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery is not only located on sacred ground, and has also been consecrated as a Roman Catholic Cemetery, but people of all faiths and beliefs are welcome to be buried here.
There is no religious affiliation requirement at Cool Spring; elements of your specific religious tradition may be incorporated into your burial service.
The monks themselves do not participate in nor do they offer funeral services.