There are two sides to caring for a body and planning a funeral. There is a logistical side and a care side that our Care teams and GroupLife staff will continue to provide. Natural burial will bring these two entities together and allow the church to be most engaged in the discipleship process through death and burial.
We have partnered with Palmetto Mortuary to help facilitate care of the deceased before burial. Members are able to choose to use a funeral home, but it will affect the cost. The burial will need to adhere to Grace Church standards.
This option is available for members and their families. It is not an open burial site for anyone.
The cost for natural burial is $2000. This includes opening and closing of the grave, transportation, stone or area marking, and general land upkeep.
A standard grave is about eight feet long and two and a half feet wide. With over 12 acres of property, thousands of people can be buried.
Expenses include some upkeep for the grounds, records of burial plots, and general maintenance once the land is purchased and laid out.
No—our focus with natural burial is securing a resting place in the ground for a recently deceased body.
No state license is needed for natural burial or church nature preserve.
Not that we know of locally.
Yes—we would love to have a small “pole barn” chapel on location for funeral services. There is also additional site work needed.