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Why choose a Natural Burial?

A natural burial is a natural way to celebrate life, a way of giving back to nature and the environment a gift for future generations, the gift being a protected nature rich environment.

As people become more aware not only of their responsibility to the environment but also of their ability to choose where their ultimate resting place will be, more and more are turning to natural burial, where their impact on the environment is considerably less than that of cremation, and where they know they will rest in a beautiful, natural setting.

A natural burial is an ethical choice with no neglected grave and no burden to survivors charged with responsibility of grave visiting and maintenance. Instead of headstones wild flowers, meadows and trees mark the grave, a true symbol of life and eternity-all part of the circle of life.

Woodland Wishes

Funerals with or without ceremony

A traditional religious service is appropriate for some people. For others, a totally non-religious ceremony, or 'semi-religious' service is more apt. Some families/friends conduct all parts of a ceremony themselves or there are celebrants who can help you. You may want no service at all. The choice is yours.

There are a whole variety of reasons why someone might choose to have no funeral ceremony. Sometimes it is the express wish of the person who has passed away that no-one should attend their funeral for whom simplicity is the preferred option. Sometimes the geography of the situation dictates, and sometimes it is just that there is a much more significant way of saying goodbye.

"Don't lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all, Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold. There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree, To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me. The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way, To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay. To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done, I'll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun."

Pam Ayers