Larkspur Conservation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Life By Life’s Founder John Christian Phifer currently serves as the organizations executive director.
Through teaching and practice, Larkspur Conservation will promote natural burial and establish a conservation cemetery. They strive to be faithful stewards of God’s creation by preserving and restoring the habitats we have been given, and by reducing burial activities that damage our natural home. This cemetery will allow for the practice of rituals that honor the mystery and power we encounter in death, and to take seriously the ancient teaching, “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Larkspur Conservation will serve the whole community.
Larkspur Conservation serves to create a new end-of-life option for people in Middle Tennessee. As we look at the landscape of today’s modern cemetery and funerary customs, a purist might ask how we came to be in this place. Today’s conventional cemeteries take us back in time and serve as a place to remember and memorialize those who no longer walk among us. Unfortunately, since the early 20th century, they have also served as landfills for concrete, plastic, steel, hardwood, endangered tropical woods, formaldehyde and many other foreign contaminants that are present in today’s manufacture of deathcare products. Before the popularity of the conventional cemetery, Americans buried our own loved ones, held our funerals in our homes and buried tour loved ones nearby in a very natural “dust to dust” manner. The casket (if used) was generally handmade of locally harvested wood and cloth and the body was not embalmed. A grassroots resurgence of this burial method is happening across America and is already popular around the world. For more about the endeavors of Larkspur Conservation the Middle Tennessee Area, please visit their website.