Located in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina, Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is a living memorial sanctuary – changing with the seasons, flowing with fresh water and vibrant with ecological activity offering a powerful testament to your life or that of your loved one. Not only does the Sanctuary provide an important service to our community, it also protects the land against future development in a way that benefits the ecosystem. It is the true manifestation of ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust as natural burial practices support microcosmic activity that reinforce the soil and the cycle of life. Trails through the woods and creekside enable guests to visit their loved ones and find solace in the beautiful sanctuary.
At Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, we hold a compassionate space for all beings. This directs everything we do from how we tend to our dead, how we hold space for the living and grieving, and how we have celebrations. We approach all that we do with love and grace in the spirit of serving our community.
This beautiful Sanctuary is available to host memorial services, weddings, celebrations and education, and offers an opportunity for those who simply wish to enjoy a contemplative walk in nature. North Carolina’s first Conservation Burial Ground, Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is open to all faiths for environmentally-supported burial.
Death & Dying Education
In addition to providing natural burials, we are dedicated to helping educate the public about death and dying. When faced with death, it is common to feel confused and overwhelmed by all of the decisions we need to make. In a culture that denies death, we often lack the tools or information we need to prepare for our own death or the death of a loved one. Carolina Memorial Sanctuary is passionate about informing people of their rights and options and helping them to take the necessary steps to plan for their own peaceful death. Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to stay informed and educated about death and dying.
If your organization is interested in a free onsite presentation about Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, conservation burial or green burial practices – please contact us. For workshops on death and dying, please visit our sister organization, Center for End of Life Transitions.
Learn More About:
- Our Team
- What is Conservation & Green Burial?
- Why Green Burial
- Conservation Projects
- Prices at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary
We are a certified as a Conservation Burial Ground by the Green Burial Council;
The highest standard of green burial certification.