On the day of the burial, Larkspur staff arrives early to prepare the site. The funeral home will arrive one hour before the burial to meet Larkspur staff and set the shrouded or casketed body at the grave site. Family and friends will arrive at the appointed time, and once everyone has gathered, will journey together up into the preserve on a memorial hike or procession. At the grave, those attending will have the opportunity to gaze into the open grave, touch the casket or shrouded body, and commence with whatever ceremony or sharing they wish to have. Larkspur’s staff will then guide attendees through the process of lowering the casket or shrouded body into the grave, and then give each person the opportunity to place either a handful or shovelful of earth back into the grave ceremonially. When everyone has had the chance we will fill the grave in together completely, returning all of the earth that was removed to dig the grave. After the grave is filled, a mound will be present; this is then covered with pine needles and any cut flowers that have been brought. While this is the conclusion of the service, family and friends are welcome to stay as long as they wish, go for a hike or enjoy a picnic on the grounds.