Commonly Asked Questions


How did your cemetery begin and who operates it?

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.

What is the cost comparison of a Dust to Dust burial vs. a traditional one?

We offer an $800 plot which includes 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:

$800 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

Explain the term “green burial”...

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. 

Why choose a green burial?

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!

Can my pet be buried at Dust to Dust?

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. 

Is Financing Available?

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 and then $20.00 will be due by the same date each month for 39 additional months. 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.