People just don’t talk about death. If you do you might be considered morbid, or asked to change the subject. As a result many of us are unprepared when the inevitable happens.
We’re keen to help people to feel comfortable about discussing the subject – it’s not going to make it happen any faster, but it will mean we know what people would like, and what we will need to do when the time comes.
Our blogs will cover a wide range of topics, please feel free to comment and if you’d like to write your own blog post we’re happy for people to guest blog on the site – just contact us here if you’d like to do this.
‘Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand’ Don’t be distracted by lists of popular “funeral songs”. The best use of music at funerals is personal. Pete Williams– songwriter, vocalist, hoofer, raconteur and founder member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners tells us why it’s important to choose carefully, and how he may be […]
Artists in Residence There are not many funeral directors that can claim to have an artistic arm to their business. At A Natural Undertaking however we like to approach life differently, and we’re very excited to announce that for this year we will have two brilliant creative minds, Lucy and Antonia, working with us as our ‘Artists […]
Good Funeral Awards 2016 We’re really proud to have been nominated at the Good Funeral Awards for the second year running, but with the nomination being for Modern Funeral Director of the year, and no specific criteria outlined it really got us thinking about what people might consider a ‘Modern Funeral Director’ to be. Having […]
It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a funeral, but funeral food has it roots in every culture. Whether it’s to commemorate the dead or console mourners, focusing on food around the time someone dies is as firmly embedded a tradition as any other you might think of. […]
We recently helped Alie to arrange a funeral for her husband Ed. It was important for Alie to have the chance to say goodbye properly, and to ensure that Ed’s funeral reflected him in every way. It was such a moving time for all of us that we asked if she would mind sharing her thoughts […]
We are now selling pre-paid funeral plans. But not all pre-paid funeral plans are created equal. Here’s why we have chosen this one. Personally, I had an inbuilt dislike of the Prepaid funeral plan. Why? It seemed that it was just a tool being used by funeral companies to tie up the future market, by […]
As Carrie and I have been arranging more and more funerals we’ve realised that there’s a real gap in knowledge about the different types of people who actually deliver the ceremonies. Often we find that people who aren’t particularly religious say they would like a humanist to lead the ceremony but when we talk more […]
If you happened to read our last blog post you’ll have seen that we took to the streets of Kings Heath at the end of May as part of Dying Matters Awareness week – YODO 2015. Here’s a short video kindly shot and edited by Sarah Chaundler featuring some of the lovely people who took part who […]
If someone close to you died suddenly would you know what their wishes would have been for their family, property or funeral? If you were suddenly taken seriously ill would people know your end of life wishes? Would you like to die at home surrounded by familiar faces and sounds? Many people do not get […]
Chatting to my neighbour, Barbara, recently I discovered that when she was younger she had worked for a company making shrouds for funeral directors. Her stories really made me smile; they highlighted the human face behind a business which would rarely have been discussed. We agreed that they should be shared, so, illustrated by photographs kindly supplied […]