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This month's newsletter is dedicated to Connie Booth.

Message from the President: A Bright Future


We are on the brink of something exciting!

After years of hoping, dreaming, and searching... we now have the opportunity to buy 40 acres of pristine land just outside I-275. If we’re able to purchase this land, this year, we will be able to protect and preserve it in perpetuity. It will never be bulldozed for yet another suburban subdivision, condo complex, or strip mall.

Instead, in our hands, this lovely land will remain as nature intended. Ours and future generations will be able to walk its paths and enjoy its wild flowers, trees, grasses, and streams. Ancestors—including some of us one day—will be honored there, through natural burial and memorial plantings. These beautiful 40 acres will become a park, a greenspace, and a living memorial.

We have been given until the end of the year to raise the money necessary to purchase, and therefore, protect this special place. A coalition of generous contributors is coming together to make this vision a reality.

Will you join us? We are called Heritage Acres, and working together, we will create a nature preserve unlike any other in Cincinnati. This is our time... let's make it so!

Our 2019 Capital Fund Drive is Here!

Since Thanksgiving, we have received 12 generous donations from early supporters, many from Heritage Acres Founders, totaling $96,970, that give our 2019 Capital Fund Drive a solid foundation on which to begin.

Consider these the roots that will hold our tree firmly in the earth as we grow our funding upward and outward. Just think of it... we are already more than a third of the way to our goal of raising $250,000 to purchase land for Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary!

Now, as we open our Fund Drive up to the public, we need only $153,030 more to be able to purchase the property in Pierce Township that we have identified as where we want to plant Heritage Acres, and sustain it as a natural burial ground and nature preserve for future generations.

This is where you come in...

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What is green burial?

Green or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact. It aids in conserving natural resources, reducing carbon emissions, protecting worker health, and restoring/preserving habitat. Green burial necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. Green burial is also significantly less costly when compared to conventional funerals with caskets, embalming, and concrete vaults.

What is reforestation?

Heritage Acres will be actively involved in a type of ecological restoration known as reforestation. What exactly does that mean?

This part of North America was once home to countless forests. But throughout the 1800s, settlers cut down or "deforested" thousands of acres of trees for agriculture.

Our goal is to re-forest a portion of southwest Ohio—40 acres, to be specific—by planting new trees on former farmland. Through careful introduction of native, ecosystem-specific plants and memorial trees, we can regrow a piece of our planet. Once the land is procured, people will be able to purchase—or even provide—their own tree(s) to plant on a loved one's grave or elsewhere on our grounds.

In this way, we will slowly return this property to its heritage... leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to come.

Board Member Spotlight: Donna Buckley

Donna Buckley, Heritage Acres’ Vice President, worked in pediatric clinical research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for 38 years. After retiring from this rewarding career, she decided to devote the next phase of her life to family and the environment. Through Bill Gupton, our president, Donna became introduced to the world of green burial.

How did green burial become a part of your life?

I first began attending Death Cafe Cincinnati, which eventually led to a weekend seminar given by Caroline Yongue, a Buddhist monk who operates the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Asheville, NC. I was then able to visit Carolina Memorial in person, as well as the Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Pittsburgh. They both are so beautiful and truly spoke to my love of nature.

Have your end-of-life plans changed?

I had previously made up my mind that I didn't want to be embalmed—due to the toxic chemicals, casket, and overall expense—and that I would probably just be cremated… until I learned about green burial. Now, I just love the idea of my molecules and life energy being returned to nature. It just makes so much sense… plus, it is the ancient and traditional way.

Why is green burial important to you?

It is very important to me that I leave my children and grandchildren with a healthy planet, a thriving natural environment, and a good example of stewardship. What could be better than returning to the earth, hopefully nourishing a tree or wildflower? And with Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, there will be the added bonus of establishing our nature preserve!
Prose and Poetry Submissions
“Their Slow Way”
Let these woods have their
slow way with you. Patient
pines that hold their green
through all the frozen seasons,
lichen-covered rocks that live
indifferent to time’s passage –
these will teach you how to
bring your life to ground.

The fractal chaos of the forest
floor, its white anemones,
spiked grasses and dead leaves,
the fallen trunks and branches
splayed out like pick-up sticks –
these will teach you how
to live freely, with abandon,
and feed the roots of new growth
when your time has come.

– Parker Palmer

Excerpt from On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old 

"When we die, our bodies return to the earth, and earth knows how to turn death into life.
When my own small life ends … my body will be transformed by the same alchemy that
keeps making all things new… It matters not to me whether I am resurrected in a loon
calling from the lake, a sun-glazed pine, a wildflower on the forest floor, the stuff that
fertilizes those trees and flowers, or the Northern Lights and the stars that lie beyond them.
It’s all good, and it’s all gold; a vast web of life in which body and spirit are one.
I won’t be glad to say goodbye to life, to challenges that help me grow, to gifts freely
given, or to everyone and everything I love. But I’ll be glad to play a bit part in making
new life possible for others. That’s a prospect that makes life worth dying for."

– Parker Palmer

And as always... thank you, Founders Circle!

Antoinette Asimus
Bob & Connie Booth
Maureen Boylan
Forrest Brandt & Kathy Wade
Donna & Mark Buckley
Frank Collins & Louise Lawarre
Gretchen & Rowley Elliston
Peg Fay-Feder
Bill Gupton & Jennifer Sanders
Ann & Hank Jarboe
Bob & Ellie Lamb
Joann Meyer
John & Shannon Murley
Julia Sandman
Tracy Jo Small
Joan & Mark Stoffregen
Les & Steph Tacy
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Cincinnati, OH 45244

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