Written By: Rose Jenkins Lane
Publish Date: August 26, 2018
Featuring: Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, Caroline Yongue, Conservation Burial
Caroline Yongue had taken on the task of creating a conservation burial ground in Mills River, but the land was an impenetrable mass of weeds: hundreds of young Bradford pear trees, poison ivy growing high and dense, kudzu and bittersweet choking trees. You couldn’t walk through it.
She says, “There was kind of a freak-out for me, like, ‘Holy crap, what am I going to do with this?’”
But Caroline has a way with fear. It was one reason why her Buddhist teacher asked her to start doing death care. “She saw in me that I had a willingness to step past my fear,” Caroline says. “That when it arose, I saw it as an opportunity to go beyond. I didn’t let it stop me.”