The Preserve

The green movement is all-inclusive and is a way of life for so many individuals and families. They have a wish for simpler, more basic choices. This belief system has inspired a renewed interest in natural burial and is the message behind The Preserve at All Saints.

The Preserve is a cemetery dedicated to natural burial, also known as “green” burial. Natural burial in a green cemetery provides a largely untouched landscape in which to inter an individual in the simplest of ways, with no embalming, or grave liners.

This allows the natural rhythms of life to take their course. Natural burial is the embodiment of the biblical proverb in Genesis so widely known: "From dust thou came, and to dust thou shall return."

The Preserve is beautifully sited on Lake Maceday in Waterford, Michigan, next to — but separate from — All Saints Cemetery. Of the 50 acres that comprise The Preserve, nearly 15 abut the lake, providing it with a very serene and beautiful setting. Furthermore, the property adjoins protected township and state land to form a contiguous parcel of natural woodlands, wildlife and bird sanctuary. Plants and flowers native to Michigan are contained within The Preserve to help further confer that “outdoor” and natural feel that makes this such a special state.

The Preserve at All Saints will continue to honor the important traditions of the funeral ritual, while burials are handled in a manner that is consistent with a nature preserve. Here open spaces are left as natural as possible, and uninterrupted by rows of tall granite markers and statuary.

A natural or green burial will appeal to those who are interested in conservation, parklands, ecology or the simple beauty of nature untouched. For more information on what natural burial is, contact us at 248-623-9633.

 

Location
4401 Nelsey Road 
Waterford, MI 48329-1057 
(248) 623-9633 
Directions 
Grounds map (PDF)  

Cemetery Gates
Daylight Savings Time (Summer) 7 a.m.– 7 p.m., 
Daily Standard Time (Winter) 7 a.m.– 5 p.m., Daily  

Office Hours
9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday 
9 a.m.– 2:30 p.m., Saturday 
CLOSED, Sundays and Holidays