Gates to Heaven Cemetery offers natural burial and what an awe-inspiring experience. This non-profit cemetery was developed as a permanent memorial of the life shared by Fred and Evelyn Napier raising their children on a simple farm in Southwest Missouri. Fred and Evelyn were my grandparents and both of their burials were beautiful events. My grandfather was cremated and his ashes were spread in the wind across the hillside which is now part of the cemetery. At my grandmother's passing, we had a natural burial. With natural burial the body is not embalmed and the body must be buried within 24 hours of death. Freddy, their youngest son, cares for the cemetery and he dug the burial site. My father, a son to Fred and Evelyn, my mother and myself were honored with preparing grandma's body for the burial. Wrapping her frail body in a shroud and making the moment respectful of her life and death was in some ways a joy and was definitely a closure to our earthly time together. I will never forget the love that this bond in life and in death awarded.