Within six week's of each other, Zafer Estill (age 19) and Chris Lucash (age 54) died. In the wake of Zafer's unexpected and sudden death, and Chris's year long decline and home dying from ALS - followed by powerful, village-tended burials, we started a Green Burial Ground which is open to public burials and visitation. We are honored to provide this service; we know the power and healing in caring for our own dead, a sacred responsibility.
The burial ground is approximately 2 acres adjacent to Sparkroot Farm and administered by Sparkroot's Director, Alisa Esposito and her colleague, Cathy "Brooksie" Edwards (massage therapist, healer and family counselor), who both tended to Chris's dying time while he was seriously ill with ALS. Brooksie also served as co-ceremonialist in the Funeral Service. They are both now training as Home Funeral Guides and Death Doulas.
The official opening of the Burial Ground will be October 1, 2017.
Although the Burial Ground is not yet open, we are available to consult with you with questions and concerns about home dying, home vigils and green burials.
Sparkroot is developing a full listing of services for green burials on the farm. From coordinating a simple burial, to ceremonialists, musicians and memorial dinners, we can help.
Our Green Burial Services office will open on September 1, 2017.
Cathy Brooksie Edwards is available for compassionate care with the terminally ill and dying. She offers hands-on healing, sound therapy and massage.
You may contact Alisa at 919-545-6377 - and visit Sparkroot's website - to learn more about home dying, home funerals and planning a green burial at the farm.