About Us

Serenity Ridge is the only exclusively natural burial cemetery in Maryland.

Dedicated to serving a larger community with compassion, dignity and respect.

Our Mission: To protect and restore the surrounding fields and forests, waters, wildlife, views, and vistas while providing a simple, affordable, and environmentally friendly choice for burial.

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See plans for our space and how we envision future growth at Serenity Ridge.

What does Serenity Ridge Natural Burial Cemetery & Arboretum look like?

It doesn’t look much like a conventional cemetery. In fact, it resembles a nature preserve with walking trails. Rather than mowed grass, headstones, and mausoleums, a loved one’s gravesite will be surrounded by trees, shrubs, wildflowers and rolling meadows, with the entire property surrounded by an 80-acre forest. The headstones are flat, field stones or wood with simple engraving. No stones are polished or raised above the earth. Everything goes back to replenish the earth.

Our Values

for rituals that create meaning, including all traditions

both environmentally and operationally so that future generations may benefit from our work

the earth and recognizing the importance of caring for her in how we bury our dead

in making certifiable, sustainable death-care practices available to all

to preserving the environment

in all aspects of our operation by holding ourselves to the highest standards

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Serenity Ridge is non‑denominational.

We respect and honor the value of every community member that we serve. We value diversity and inclusiveness of all religious beliefs, cultures, and ethnicities as we help to ease the loss of a loved one, offering compassion and empathy to all we serve.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about honoring your loved one at Serenity Ridge.

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We are certified by the Green Burial Council

We are certified by the Green Burial Council, the national certifying body for green burial standards for natural cemeteries in the United States. By these standards, a natural burial ground requires the adoption of practices/protocols that are energy-conserving, minimize waste, and do not allow the use of toxic chemicals. Everything used for burial is renewable.

Get in touch

2406 Ridge Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244

For any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us and someone will get back to you.

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