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.
The Orchard Nestled in a quiet corner of Highbury Park in Moseley / Kings Heath, just behind the Highbury Estate, is a rather surprising space. A community forest garden orchard has grown up with fruit trees, soft fruit and perennial herbs. Straddling the orchard is a children’s community garden with family gathering space and trail which leads […]
We’re really pleased that there are two funeral related consultations which are taking place – and your opinion counts too! Funeral Market Study The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching a review into the £2 billion funerals market to ensure that people are not getting a bad deal. The study will examine whether the […]
A Natural Undertaking firmly in Kings Heath – our own space Yes, after four years we’re really pleased to say that we have our own space on Vicarage Road in Kings Heath. Formerly the hairdressers, “Curl Up and Dye” (it was meant to be!) – we have transformed the building into a modern, bright and […]
Unveiling our new eco hearse It may seem an unlikely subject to enthuse about, but we’re really excited to unveil the new member in our team – well actually it’s our new car; and it’s an eco hearse. We’re not huge car enthusiasts here at A Natural Undertaking but we do feel this news is […]
One of our aims at A Natural Undertaking is to help families to have greater involvement on the run up to, and during the funeral – if that’s what they would like. All too often families will find that everything is “taken care of”, leaving them little room to express their loss or share it meaningfully […]
This May we’re very excited to be organising a festival as part of the Birmingham community group: BrumYODO The festival is taking place during Dying Matters Awareness Week from 6th -8th May in partnership with mac at Cannon Hill Park and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Booking for the festival is open now and is […]
Join us for another relaxed and informal Death Cafe Birmingham at The Quaker Centre in Kings Heath on Tuesday 21st February from 7pm-9pm. The Quaker Centre provided a lovely, cosy atmosphere for two Death Cafes last Autumn so we’re pleased to have been asked to help facilitate another Cafe. Tickets are free but you do need to […]
Join us for another relaxed and informal Death Cafe Birmingham. This time we’re being hosted by Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery at their Handsworth, Soho House venue. Soho House is a Grade II listed 18th-century house which was the home of entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 until his death in 1809, and a regular meeting-place of […]
‘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 […]