Glen Forest Cemetery

Glen Forest Cemetery

US Rt 68 N.
Yellow Springs, OH
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am till dark
Cemetery Sexton:  Dan Gochenouer  937-477-0597
Cost of Burial Plot:  $600.00. Cost of Natural Burial Plot: $1,500.00 Cost of Memorial Scattering Garden: $550.00
Cost of Opening and Closing Burial Plot: $650.00


From By-laws, Rules and Regulations of Glen Forest Cemetery Association. Adopted April 30, 1921

     This tract of land was originally a part of the Elisha Mills estate which was bequeathed to his son Judge William Mills.

     According to a statement of Mr. Samuel Cox, whose memory covers much of the early years of Yellow Springs, the first burial in Glen Forest was about the year 1823, being the body of a girl, a member of an immigrant family which was passing along the old stagecoach road on the west side of the present cemetery. The death occurred in the moving wagon which had stopped by the side of the road near what is now the west gate of the cemetery. Burial was made under a tree in the dense forest which then covered this land. Unfortunately, there is no marker at this grave and the name of the family has been forgotten.

     By the generous permission of Judge Mills other burials were made on this plat and, in the course of years, the place naturally became a public burial ground.

     Capt. Thomas C. Hirst states that his family burial lot was purchased from Judge Mills in the year of 1857, which fact is evidence that the cemetery was controlled by private interest at that time.

     In the year of 1873 the village council paid Judge Mills a nominal price for his personal interest in the cemetery tract, and thus the entire management was transferred to the village. Later the original burial ground was enlarged by the purchase of additional land on the east and south sides.

     In recent years the immediate care of the grounds has been under the charge of C.H. Ellis, whose efficient management and excellent taste in beautifying the cemetery have been greatly appreciated by the public.

     On April 21, 1921, the village council transferred the cemetery to the present management, The Glen Forest Cemetery Association.

     After over 91 years of service to the residents of Yellow Springs and Miami Township, the Glen Forest Cemetery Association decided to disband, and operation and maintenance of the cemetery has been assumed by the Board of Trustees of Miami Township as of January 01, 2013.


  1. In order to prevent damage to urns and plantings there are certain grass cutting paths which must be kept clear for power mowers. Planting of flowers, flower pots, bushy plants or trees is strictly prohibited.
  2. All decorations that become unsightly will be removed.
  3. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day decorations may be left for one (1) week.
  4. Memorial Day decorations may be placed on graves on Friday before Memorial Day, and be removed one (1) week later.
  5. Christmas decorations may be placed on the graves after December 15th and will be removed by March 15th.
  6. The Sexton has been directed by the Trustees to remove any decorations which are not removed by the owner during the prescribed time period.
  7. Bases will be poured after receiving a written order. Foundations are poured twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
  8. No visitor is permitted to do any work in the cemetery without permission from the Board of Trustees.
  9. Lots can be sold for the original price or less. It is against the law to sell lots for profit. All resold lots must be reported to the township or the transaction may be considered void.
  10. Any questions regarding the Glen Forest Cemetery should be directed to the Cemetery Sexton at 477-0597 or the Miami Township Board of Trustees at 937-767-2460.
  11. The Miami Township Board of Trustees reserves the right to make all changes in the cemetery.
  12. The Miami Township Board of Trustees reserves the right to remove any monument or decoration that it deems inappropriate.
  13. Open and Close fees must be paid in advance of the burial.
  14. Cemetery officials must have at least 48hrs notice prior to burial. (Natural Burial Cemetery excluded)
  15. The Miami Township Board of Trustees reserves the right to change the time of burial due to inclement weather.
  16. All internments must be accompanied by an official Burial Permit.
  17. No more than eight (8) cremains may be interned in a full size burial space, or one (1) full burial of remains and two (2) cremains.
  18. Prior to any burial, an immediate family member, or designate, must physically visit and approve the burial space location. If this condition is not met, Miami Township will not be responsible for the proper position of any remains/cremains even if the township is in error.
  19. If for any reason an existing grave must be opened to relocate the remains, there will be an additional 2 (two) full opening/closing costs required.
  20. Funeral flowers will be permitted to remain on the gravesite for a period of seven (7) days.
  21. The Miami Township Board of Trustees reserves the rights to change the Rules and Regulations of the Glen Forest Cemetery at any time without notice.


     The Memorial Scattering Garden is located in the center of the Natural Burial Grounds section of Glen Forest Cemetery. Cremains will be scattered under a covering of natural mulch. Scattering may be done by a loved one or a member of the Glen Forest Cemetery staff, if requested. Due to the natural design of the Scattering Garden, cremains will be intermingled in no set location within the Garden. A single name and 2 (two) specific dates will be engraved into a granite monument in the garden to provide a permanent memorization of the scattering. In addition, the record of the scattering will be kept in the same manner of all interments within Glen Forest Cemetery. Monuments will accommodate a maximum of 30 (thirty) names and dates and additional monuments will be added as the need arises.


     CALL 937-477-0597 FOR DETAILS. Enter 4512 US Rt. 68 N., Yellow Springs, Ohio in Google Earth for an overhead view of Natural Burial Grounds.

     As of January 01, 2014, Glen Forest Cemetery has been awarded the title of “Approved Provider of Natural Burial Ground” by the Internationally recognized Green Burial Council. Please visit their website, to review the requirements for this certification.

     Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat. Natural Burial calls for  cemetery adherence to a number of protocols to ensure that burials never degrade an ecosystem and, where possible, facilitate ecological restoration. It requires that surveys (biological, geological, hydrological) be done to determine where burial should and should not take place on a piece of land, and at what density.

What’s wrong with embalming? Glen Forest Cemetery doesn’t think any end-of-life ritual, form of disposition, or mode of post-mortem preparation is “wrong.” We only want to ensure that services and products are available to people who wish to minimize the environmental impact of their last act. Embalming fluid is usually comprised of the carcinogen chemical formaldehyde, which has been proven to pose health risks in funeral homes. A study by the National Cancer Institute released in late 2009 revealed that funeral directors have a much higher incidence of myeloid leukemia. Fortunately, there are now several formaldehyde-free embalming fluids, including one made entirely of nontoxic and biodegradable essential oils, which recently earned the Green Burial Council seal of approval. The sanitation and preservation of a corpse can almost always take place without the use of chemicals, as is done in just about every nation in the world — with the exception of the US, Canada and a half-dozen others.Planning for the end of your life is a difficult undertaking. However, making advance arrangements is a gift to the family members you are leaving behind. Grief at the time of a loss is enough for anyone to deal with, without the additional burden of making plans and filling out paperwork. Our friends at the Green Burial Council have published a new document to help anyone planning for a natural burial. If you choose not to purchase your arrangements in advance, you can still make your wishes known by filling in this worksheet and placing it with your will and other end-of-life documents. The worksheet may also help prompt you to make some of the decisions you need to make concerning end-of-life arrangements. Making these decisions now will eliminate any confusion for your loved ones, and will give them the satisfaction of fulfilling your final wishes.


By establishing a Natural Burial area within the confines of the Glen Forest Cemetery, our goal is to:

     � Provide an economical alternative to modern burial that allows decedents (their bodies or cremated remains) to embrace the earth and to return to dust in a simple, dignified, and natural manner;

     � Encourage tasteful, hands-on involvement of family and friends that will enhance the value, integrity, and healing power of funeral and burial rituals;

     � Make burial more eco-friendly, preserve land in its natural beauty, and expand wildlife habitat.



Deceased persons shall not be embalmed or topically treated with sprays or compounds, unless with non-toxic products approved by the Green Burial Council. Bodies accepted for burial shall be wrapped in a shroud, quilt or blanket, and/or placed in a burial container. Clothing is optional. All materials used shall conform to the standards set forth in the following paragraph.


All materials used in the manufacturing or constructions of caskets, burial containers, shrouds, quilts, blankets, clothing, and urns shall be 100% biodegradable and non-toxic. Materials used must be plant derived, natural, animal, or uneartherned material, including the shell, liner, handles, fasteners, and adornments of any burial container, shroud, quilt, blanket, clothing or urn. Materials used in the manufacturing, construction, and finishing of products used for burial shall not contain plastics, acrylics, or similar synthetic polymeric materials. Shrouds, quilts, and blankets used for burial without a casket shall have a natural wood backer (plywood and OSB are not acceptable) no less than 1″ thick by 12″ wide and the length of the body, to stabilize the decent during the burial process.


In order to protect and maintain the integrity and intent of the Natural Burial area, the Board of Trustees of Miami Township reserves the right to refuse the burial of any decedent for non-compliance of the Standards for Burial as required in this section.


Vaults, in full or part, are prohibited in the Natural Burial Grounds of Glen Forest Cemetery.


Prior to interments, inurnments, and scattering of cremated remains, all forms of authorization, as furnished by the Cemetery, must be properly executed, in person, by the person(s) who actually own the interment rights to the burial space, or has the Right of Disposition of the decedent, as defined by Ohio Law. Glen Forest Cemetery requires authorized person(s) to meet with Cemetery staff prior to interment or scattering, to review site selection procedures, review additional burials as allowed, memorization details, review the Mandatory Standards for Burial section, and to explain what a family may expect the day of the burial when proceeding to the graveside for burial.


Interment rights for burial may be purchased before need or at the time of need. A single grave will accommodate one burial and the burial of two (2) cremated remains.


Glen Forest Cemetery interment right holders wishing to transfer to the Natural Burial area of the Glen Forest Cemetery, shall be given a credit of the full purchase price of the traditional interment space.


In order to protect the integrity of the natural surroundings, all grave openings will be dug by Cemetery personnel using minimal power equipment. Therefore a minimum of 24 hours notice must be given prior to any burial in the Natural Burial area of the Glen Forest Cemetery. Family members and friends are welcome to participate in placing the decedent into the grave and the grave closing, weather permitting.


All disinterments are subject to Ohio law. The charge for disinterment will be two (2) times the current price of Interment Rights per space. Archeology fees may also apply. Cremated remains are considered irretrievable.


Glen Forest Cemetery Natural Burial area will accept a variety of natural stone types so long as they preserve the scenic and natural quality of the site. Stones may not exceed 216 square inches (approximately 12X18 inches) in size. They must lay flat or be partially buried and not extend more that 3 inches above the surface of the soil. No foundations will be permitted. They should not be polished, and sawed stone should be prepared to appear more natural. They should have natural appearing irregular edges rather than a square-cut appearance. Only one memorial stone is permitted for each 10 X 20 foot burial site. Stones may be engraved, but must remain simple in appearance. Photographs, electronics, sound, etc. is not permitted. Glen Forest Cemetery may reject/remove, without notice, any memorials that do not meet the specifications. Certain varieties of native flowers may be planted at the grave site. Please contact Miami Township, 937-767-2460, for an approved list of plants.


To protect the beauty and integrity of the natural surroundings, no inscriptions, statues, embellishments, effigies, artifacts, lights, wildlife feeders, wind chimes, flags, or artificial decorations of any kind will be permitted in the Natural Burial Grounds of Glen Forest Cemetery. Cut flower funeral tributes that have been removed from their containers may be buried with the deceased. All other funeral floral tributes may be taken home or they will be disposed of or recycled. Fresh cut flower remembrance tributes may be placed on the grave at any time, and will be removed by Cemetery personnel upon becoming unsightly.


Every person/family choosing the Natural Burial area of the Glen Forest Cemetery for full burial or for the burial of cremated remains, will have his/her personal file folder that will include the following:

     � Copy of Purchase Agreement,

     � Certificate of Ownership,

     � Burial site selection,

     � Interment authorizations (at time of need),

     � Burial Permit,

     � Copy of obituary or other information about the deceased, as provided by next of kin,

     � Authorization for burial of Cremated remains (at time of need).

The Board of Trustees of Miami Township reserved the right to review, amend and/or alter these Rules and Regulations for the Natural Burial area of the Glen Forest Cemetery at any time without notice.