Guide for Burial Parties

Getting Ready for a Burial at Greensprings

Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve is managed to have the look and feel of a nature preserve. Although a mowed path will lead to your site, please encourage those in your burial party to dress as they might for a walk in the woods or a meadow—wearing sturdy walking shoes or boots. Dress shoes are not practical. The ground is a little uneven in places, so do watch your step.

Greensprings is on one of the highest hills in our county. If it’s windy and cool or rainy where your home is, it’s likely to be windier and cooler (and just as rainy) at Greensprings. Depending on the season, people are advised to bring extra sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, or rain boots—and perhaps umbrellas too. In winter, consider wearing long johns and have warm boots, gloves, hats, and scarves.

If family members are coming from out of town, this website: www.visitithaca.com lists accommodations—or your funeral director can help you make arrangements.

Bed and Breakfasts in Newfield Include:
The Wilderness, 45 Chaffee Creek Road | 607-564-0995 | thewildernessbnb.com
Birdhaven, 167 Main Street | 607-564-9926 | birdhavenbb@localnet.com
Noble Farm, 215 Connecticut Hill Road | 607-277-4798 | info@noblehousefarm.com

Please choose pallbearers who are confident they can lift, carry, and lower the coffin. Our sturdy, four-wheeled “pallbearers friend” helps burial parties move the coffin to the gravesite safely. We place “no-slip boards” alongside the grave to help pallbearers keep their footing. Our staff can help you lower the coffin into the grave.

We can’t offer you the opportunity to dig the grave but you can close the grave after burial. Let us know ahead of time. Keep in mind that the soil is dense and rocky, and it will take considerable time and work. We can’t offer a discount for this. Also let us know beforehand if the grave should be sited in any particular direction (east-west, for example).