Many people who, like me, live in and around Cincinnati have asked me where they can be buried naturally here in the Tri-State (Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, for those of you who aren’t familiar with our area). Here is a brief list of natural burial sites in the Tri-State:
Ohio’s oldest — and greenest — “green burial” location is Foxfield Preserve, http://www.foxfieldpreserve.org/, a non-profit, land-conservation burial site operated by The Wilderness Center (http://www.wildernesscenter.org/) in Wilmot, Ohio.
Ohio’s newest natural burial ground is the Kokosing Nature Preserve (http://www.kenyon.edu/middle-path/story/kokosing-nature-preserve/). As part of the land trust of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, this latest entry in the Buckeye State’s green burial field is actually a former golf course! The preserve and cemetery will be officially dedicated on Oct. 8, but Kokosing has already had its first burial of cremated remains.
There are at least four “hybrid” natural burial locations in Ohio that are open to the public. A hybrid cemetery is a conventional cemetery that has added a section dedicated to “green” burials. Outside of West Alexandria, Ohio, is the Preble Memory Gardens (http://www.greenburialatpmg.com/). Not far away in Dayton you will find St. Kateri Preserve at the Calvary Cemetery (http://www.calvarycemeterydayton.org/products-services/natural-burial-st-kateri-preserve/). There is also a new natural burial annex across the road from the Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs (http://www.miamitownship.net/cemetery_glen.asp). Finally, in northeast Ohio you will find the Emerald Meadows at the Canton Cemetery Association (http://www.cantoncemeteryassociation.net/property).
Indiana, which has some of the most restrictive funeral laws in the country, is home to two public natural burial options. Oak Hill Cemetery North in Crawfordsville, Indiana (http://www.oakhillcemeteryofcrawfordsville.com/oakhill5_020.htm), and Kessler Woods at Washington Park North, in Indianapolis (http://www.washingtonparkcemetery.org/locations/washington-park-north) are both hybrid cemeteries that now offer natural burial options.
There are no public natural burial options in the state of Kentucky at this time.
Careful readers will note that the Cincinnati area has not been included in this list. That is because, unfortunately, no natural burial locations are located in or around the metropolitan area. If you would like to be part of helping to change that, please contact me!