Advocates of Local Natural Burial Preserve in Cincinnati Sponsor Movie at the Esquire about the Growing Movement

Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary is also bringing the director of the documentary "In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye" here for the screening

click to enlarge Still from "In the Parlor." - Photo: Provided
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Still from "In the Parlor."

A nonprofit organization trying to create a new natural burial ground in Cincinnati for people, pets and cremains is sponsoring a documentary at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton Wednesday (April 25) about changes in America's funeral and burial customs.

It's called In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye, and its website says it looks at a growing movement that is "rejecting the mainstream tradition of hiring funeral professionals to care for the deceased." It further states that "families in search of a more personal and fulfilling way to say goodbye are taking an active role in caring for relatives who have died."

It says the film is both a critical look at the American relationship with death and an inquiry into the home-death care movement. "In The Parlor: The Final Goodbye takes viewers on a journey where very few have gone, and challenges us to reflect on this uncomfortable subject, which so often is hidden away and ignored." The director, Heidi Boucher, will be in from California for the 7 p.m. screening. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The local group sponsoring the screening is Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary, whose website says the only such "green" burial preserves in Ohio are more than 150 miles away and there are none in Kentucky and Indiana. "It is our mission at Heritage Acres to bring a natural burial preserve to the southwest portion of our state, to serve the entire Tri-State area," the website says. (It points out that "a handful of conventional cemeteries have begun opening 'green burial' sections, but there are currently no other free-standing, dedicated natural burial preserves, unassociated with a conventional cemetery, in the Tri-State.")

For more information about Heritage Acres, visit heritageacresmemorial.org. For directions to the Esquire, visit esquiretheatre.com.





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