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Beauty & Healing in Burials

Two years ago, in July of 2016, we had our first human burial (pictured above). And thirty burials later, we are still astounded by how beautiful and healing natural burials can be. There's something very special about the hands-on approach that natural burials provide for loved ones. If you'd like to see some touching photos from our first burial and get an intimate glimpse about what makes natural burials special, click the link below.
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As a natural cemetery, conservation site, and public park - we are learning the balance of tending to the land without over-tending to the land. Nature constantly reminds us that we are not in control and that it is wild. As Carolina Memorial Sanctuary continues to evolve, we are learning more and more how to be in rhythm with natural cycles, and how to ensure that the beauty of the land is preserved.

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IN THE NEWS: Mountain XPress

Seniors hesitant to engage in end-of-life conversations

Our Director, Caroline Yongue, was recently interviewed for an article published by the Mountain XPress. Here is the start of the article:

"Asheville resident Sharon Evans, 66, had an unexpected brush with death five years ago. “I was cooking dinner for my brother, who was going to come and visit me for a couple of days. He found me sitting in a chair saying, “I’m not doing well,” Evans says. “I don’t remember any of that.”  Evans subsequently spent six days in a coma as a result of a severe allergic reaction to medication.

Although Evans had regularly confronted the issue of end-of-life care decisions with patients in her 30-year career as a hospice nurse, she says her own death had not been on the forefront of her mind. But at 42, she notes, she had the foresight to put her end-of-life wishes in writing, which turned out to be useful when her emergency occurred…"

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How To Dig A Grave By Hand

If you've ever attended one of natural burials, you may have noticed three piles of earth. You may have also noticed that we place sticks vertically in to the grave when it's about half way closed. There is a method to our madness, and if you've ever been curious about how to actually dig a grave by hand, read on...
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 Volunteer Love

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all the friends of Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, who take 3 hours out of their Saturday to give a helping hand. We love spending time with you and we really appreciate your contribution to helping make the Sanctuary more and more beautiful. Anthony, our Sanctuary Steward, is a hero for tending 11 acres primarily by himself, and the volunteerism really does make a difference!

If you'd like to learn about future volunteer opportunities to help tend the land or to assist with a burial, click the link below.
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