Services and Products
Comfort of Tradition and Harmony with Nature
As a natural cemetery, we offer traditional burial without the use of vaults. You have the option of burial with or without a casket and with or without an urn. Casket selection can be made upon approval by the cemetery, or the use of a shroud is also acceptable.
Heartwood Preserve provides personalized services to ensure your wishes are fulfilled. Additional services we offer include graveside services; in-home memorial services; and hand-dug grave opening and closing (done without the use of heavy equipment).
All burial containers we accept should be sustainably-sourced and 100% biodegradable, in keeping with our conservation mission and goals. Containers purchased from funeral providers are welcome, upon approval from Heartwood Preserve’s management staff.
Caskets and Coffins
Natural burial caskets and coffins are both available from your funeral provider. (A casket has four sides while a coffin has six or eight sides.) They can be made from wicker, bamboo, or natural wood, making them environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Many families look for products that are locally hand crafted and made from low impact, sustainably harvested materials. Contact us for more information.
A shroud is a ceremonial cloth used to wrap the body to be buried. This cloth is usually made from natural fibers, such as linen, cotton or hemp, and can be embellished or kept as a plain white cloth. The fabric is securely laced or wrapped around the body. A family member may choose to wrap the body which offers a simple and symbolic memory to share. Choosing a shroud provides a hands-on, deeply connective experience when grieving together and letting go. It’s an elegant and tangible way to say goodbye.
A shroud may be used with or without a casket, and for burial or cremation. It’s a matter of personal choice.
There are many beautiful, earth-friendly options for the preservation of a loved one’s ashes. We plan to carry a collection of finely crafted, biodegradable ash containers made from various woods, wicker or willow from local and regional artists.
One of the aspects of conservation burial that makes Heartwood Preserve special is our commitment to preserving the natural beauty and ecosystems found here. In order to maintain the land as naturally as possible, we allow gravesites to eventually blend into the surrounding beauty.
First, we take diligent care in securing a place to bury your loved ones at Heartwood Preserve. Each gravesite is accurately measured for location relative to permanent survey markers throughout the cemetery grounds. At each gravesite, we offer memorialization – a round or rectangular marker that identifies the deceased – and we record the physical data of the location. By law, these gravesite records are maintained permanently by Heartwood Preserve, and each grave can be located at any time on a map available to anyone visiting loved ones. Cemetery personnel are happy to provide any assistance needed to locate a gravesite.