Larkspur Conservation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Life By Life’s Founder John Christian Phifer has been associated with Larkspur since its inception in early 2013, and currently serves as it’s executive director.
Through teaching and practice, Larkspur Conservation will promote natural burial and establish a conservation cemetery. We 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. All are invited to join us on this humbling path.
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, we buried our own loved ones. We held their funerals in the home and buried them 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.
The board of directors, staff and volunteers of Larkspur Conservation are protectors of God’s creation and thoughtful servants to people in need. With love as our bottom line we plan to enhance the end-of-life experience for all people.
For more about our endeavors in the Middle Tennessee Area visit our website.