I, Michael Bishop - owner - was thinking one night about what would happen should something happen to someone in my family. After doing research on cemeteries, I decided I wanted to be buried naturally on my family farm. The more I learned about the laws, the more I realized that people should be given the opportunity to have a simple burial. I worked to develop a green burial cemetery and officially opened on September 1, 2009. The cemetery is on my beautiful, family farm land and is paid for and double-zoned as a cemetery and nature reserve with an additional green burial deed restriction. My mom (Julia Bishop), my oldest son (Luke Bishop) and myself (Michael Bishop), share the duties of running the business.
We offer $1000 plots which include opening/closing costs. Local transport is available for $200 or less. Basic biodegradable caskets can be purchased locally, starting at $300.
Dust to Dust: Traditional:
$1000 for an 8x10 plot $2,000 for a 4x8 plot
No opening/closing costs $800 for opening/closing costs
No vault $1,000 for vault
No embalming $600 for embalming
grave marker is optional $500 for grave marker
funeral director is optional $3,500 for funeral director services
casket is optional $3,000 for casket
In a green burial, there is no concrete, steel, or formaldehyde allowed. Because the land is “deed restricted,” it can only be used as a green burial cemetery from here on. The land being zoned as a “nature reserve,” means it is set aside for eternity and protected. Dust to Dust is not a perpetual care cemetery. It is natural, semi-cleared farm land. The cemetery is on the back side of a beautiful pasture where an occasional horse, goat, turkey or deer may roam. Biodegradable shrouds and caskets are allowed, as well as headstones of natural material.
It is a natural way to be laid to rest and it benefits the environment. Green burial is less expensive than a traditional burial, and that keeps money in your family’s pocket!
If you have already purchased a regular 8’x10’ plot from us, your dog, cat or other small animal can be buried at Dust to Dust at no further cost to you. Plots (for owners who have not purchased a plot with us) can be purchased for your dog or cat for $300 for a 5’x8’ plot.
Financing is available with us for as low as $20.00 per month. If you would like to finance with us, you will need to include $20.00 with your Dust to Dust Contract. $20.00 will then be due by the same date each month until the balance is paid in full. Checks should be sent to Dust to Dust, PO Box 277, Swansea, SC 29160. Balance must be paid in full prior to using plot. Should account become 90 days late, contract is void and reimbursements will not be given. Dust to Dust will send quarterly statements showing your balance.