It’s been a little while since we’ve written a blog; the events of the last year have been somewhat disruptive to our normal routines, and everything else seems to have paled into insignificance when considering what’s been happening aorund us. But...
We’re really pleased to say that we have been asked to run a Funeral Wishes session at the first ever Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival this September. Across 7 days from the 9th – 15th September 2019, the Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival will be a week-long...
Our first birthday at our premises in Kings Heath was on the horizon; a milestone we were excited to celebrate, so we asked Annabel, from Conjurer’s Kitchen, if she could design a chocolatey treat in aid of the celebration. Annabel is a world-renowned chocolatier who...
When Children invite Funeral Directors into their School Just before Easter we were invited to meet with the Year 6 Journalist Club at Kings Heath Primary School. They wanted to learn more about what happens after you die and what a funeral looks like, with a view to...
In June, Carrie and I took to the stage at mac for the Aston University TEDx event, Beyond The Box. This event celebrated those who often go against the grain to flex their own creativity, even during the darkest of times. We chose to speak about what made us change...
This May, Birmingham hosted the 3rd annual ‘A Matter of Life & Death Festival’ organised by BrumYODO. The nine-day event was jam-packed with various death-themed activities, all with an aim to provide a safe space for open discussion about death, dying and...
If you’ve ever been in the difficult position of having to arrange someone’s funeral you may be throwing your metaphorical hat in the air in reaction to the statement above. Most people, thankfully, don’t have to make these arrangements many times in their lives. So...
Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018 Well this is turning into quite a year! We’re very excited to have been shortlisted in two categories at this year’s Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018. The two categories are: SME Business of the Year sponsored by Jerroms...
October is the month for Literature Festivals it seems, and this year we’re excited to have been invited to both the Birmingham Literature Festival and the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Including death and dying within these important cultural calendar events...
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...
We lost our 30 year old son to a motorbike accident in September and our World fell... apart. It was a family member who recommended A Natural Undertaking and I'm so glad she did. Carrie was amazing, so understanding and caring. Nothing was ever to much trouble. Our sons funeral was a very unique one, we tried to do what we thought he would have wanted. It was so difficult trying to think about a decision when your going through the worst time in your life but Carrie made it so much easier. We would recommend A Natural Undertaking 100% they are simply the best.read more
Carrie & the team at A Natural Undertaking are just absolutely amazing. They conducted my... brothers funeral with extremely sincere thoughts, pride & dignity. My brother was a young man when he passed away so needed something to reflect this within his funeral. A Natural Undertaking put us in touch with people to make this unique to him and the send off he deserved, even under strict covid restrictions.I cannot thank the team enough 🙏🏻Sarah Knightread more
Natural Undertaking organised both my Mum's and Dad's funeral. With my Mum's (2018) they... helped my Dad organise a very personal funeral that aligned with my parent's beliefs and wishes. When my dad passed (2021), we returned to natural to have as similar service as possible.For both occasions they provided a friendly, compassionate service to help create a celebration of a person's life. They help you understand the options and provide the information you need to create the service you wish to make for your loved one. They are always on hand if you need to make changes or ask questions. I thank Carrie, Roxy, Fran and the rest of their team for all they did for my parents. I would not hesitate to recommend them.read more
So glad we found a natural undertaking.In such a difficult time it was lovely to find... such professional and caring people.Carrie & Fran listened to our wishes and did exactly what we wanted. They found us David the lovely vicar, who, also was caring and compassionate.After, everyone commented on how smooth things went, and how the day was memorable.This was an indication of how good a natural undertaking are, and, it gave us comfort to know that we made the right decision in choosing them.Highly recommended. Five Starsread more
An amazing and unique service, so glad we found them!When our mum died, we didn't want... a typical funeral. We didn't know what we wanted, but the cliche "celebration of life" was closer to what we wanted than anything else.Carrie was absolutely amazing. We knew straight away we wanted them after the initial sympathetic conversation.Carrie is so loving, passionate, caring and helpful. Nothing is too much, she does so much and makes it all look effortless.She told us we could have whatever we wanted and she helped us give our mum a loving and simple ceremony, with personal touches our mum would have loved, that involved and included all the people she cared about and who cared about her.Carrie feels more like a friend or a member of the family. She is a beautiful person with a heart of gold, knowledgable and so good at what she does.Thank you so much Carrie and your fabulous team!Tania & Helenread more
We contacted Fran and Carrie after looking at their website. They were very responsive... and were happy to make their service fit in with what we wanted for our daughter. Perhaps more importantly, we had confidence that they would properly look after our daughters body. The death of a loved one is always upsetting, but Fran and Carrie and their team made the process easier and made little suggestions along the way which really helped. Our experience of using A Natural Undertaking was a positive one and one that we would recommend to others.read more
I cannot speak highly enough of A Natural Undertaking. Fran and her whole team provide a... very professional and efficient service with the care and compassion which is so important at a time of grief. In such a difficult time of the Covid pandemic, this especially more stressful experience was made easier by their very personal care.read more
Truly a remarkable company to use for such a horrible time. Their knowledge of the... industry provides a lot of comfort and are very willing and happy to move to in keep with requests. Would recommend them to anyone that should ever have the misfortune of needing them. They genuinely turn a horrible situation into the event the deceased would want it to be.read more
Carrie and Fran have built a business that feels genuinely different. They were warm,... friendly and very responsive. They wanted to help us create the funeral that was right for our family, and to remember Dad in our warm and slightly quirky way. They even indulged us with the custard jokes. I cannot recommend them more highly and wish them every success with their alternative take on remembrance.read more
A Natural Undertaking is an undertakers with a difference. No stuffy offices with men in... black suits. Just lovely helpful and caring people. Lots of choices were available and nothing was too much trouble. We did not feel pressurised or rushed into making decisions. Our whole experience was dealt with total empathy and efficiency. Would highly recommend them. Definitely 5 stars.read more
We were so thankful for all that Carrie, Zed and Fran did to help us through the period... following the devastation of Oliver's death. The sense that they really empathised with the pain of what we were going through and their way of guiding us, while encouraging us to do what was most helpful and most reflected Oliver's life was so empowering. You can't re-do a funeral! It was so important to us that it was 'right' and they made that easier at a time when we were struggling to think clearly. The service they provided was so personal and sensitive. Thank you!read more
Carrie, Fran and everyone at A Natural Undertaking were fantastic in arranging my Mum's... funeral. Carrie was keen right from the start to make sure that everything was just so, despite the fact that we were working on a budget. Everything was clear and well explained (in fact, from beginning to end, communication was exemplary). Fran was fantastic in putting together the order or service as well. They communicated with all of the relevant parties, such that everything came together seamlessly.I hope that I never need to, but if I need to arrange a funeral again, I won't hesitate to give them a call.read more
I can't speak highly enough of Carrie, Fran and the entire Natural Undertaking team. ... Their compassion and professionalism were outstanding. The funeral and the celebration of life for my Father-in-Law were just what he and the family wanted, we couldn't have asked for better. The Natural Undertaking team were there for us from the start, from their calm reception area to their suggestions for flowers, locations and support with all those little details - they just smoothed the way. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.read more
From start to finish Carrie, Fran and zed were the most wonderful undertakers we could... have asked for. They were so much more than just funeral directors, they were supportive, respectful and inspiring. Our family had an idea of what we wanted for Holly's funeral and everyone at A Natural Undertaking helped guide us with her wishes. Holly wanted a natural burial and it was in her quirky nature to have a creative and diverse farewell which is exactly what she got.Death and grief is extremely hard especially when a loved one is so young. We felt like we had an opportunity to help others through this process as a result of everything they had to offer us. Our family, our children & friends were all involved (as per our wishes) thanks to the huge effort and organisation of these wonderful people at A Natural Burial.Thank you so much for everything you did for Holly and family. We will hold you in our hearts forever xread more
From our first meeting with Fran to the day of our son's funeral, we were treated with... care, empathy, dignity and understanding. The whole team at A Natural Undertaking, Fran, Zed and Carrie, paid attention to the smallest of details in the planning of his funeral, carefully explaining everything to us in a way which was clear but sensitive. Their handling of the arrangements ensured that he had a beautiful and fitting send off. We could not have been given a better level of care, and we would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to give their loved one a unique, individually tailored farewell.read more
We would like to congratulate Fran and Cassie for looking after our dear friend... Joan.From the start to finish the care, kindness and attention to detail was second to non. We were given help and support with all the arrangements and we felt that the stress, of loosing a loved one so suddenly, had been taken off our shoulders. They helped to turn the day into a wonderful tribute to Joan.We would highly recommend this wonderful service!read more
The service provided by a Natural Undertaking was perfect.Fran and Carrie advised and... guided us through both the process and the decisions that we needed to make for my father’s funeral with thought and understanding. They advised us what was possible and made constructive suggestions without pressure. They then calmly undertook the organisation of the service itself with calm efficiency despite late inputs from ourselves. The resulting service was both personal and appropriate to say goodbye to my father from myself, our family and his friends.I was specifically appreciated that Carrie found time to discuss in general the workings of the undertaking business which one at other times have little time or inclination to investigate. It certainly helped me during this time.I whole heartedly recommend this company.read more
Carrie and Fran are amazing! Nothing is too much trouble for them and they go the extra... mile to make sure that people get exactly the funeral they want. We had a big funeral at Cambridge Road Methodist Church and wanted to use a YouTube clip of my husband playing the Birmingham Town Hall organ which had been his special 60th birthday treat. Carrie managed to arrange an audio clip so that everyone heard Mark playing at his own funeral, which made the service really special. I know Mark would have loved the service. Thanks Carrie and Fran - I would recommend you to anyone.read more
Carrie and Frances bought a heart centred approach to a very sad and difficult time with... the death of my brother. They organised the funeral in a week and it ran so seemlessly, so smoothly that the image I get when summing up how I feel about their services is a beautiful Swan gently gliding through water. Thier compassion, kindness and ability to listen, guide and respond softens my heart as I write this. Their attention to detail and having everything covered was such a massive weight off the family’s shoulders. We felt completely held. It seems strange to write this but they were a breath of fresh air to what is in essence is a very difficult time. Thank you so much Carrie and Frances - just like Swans gliding through water, you made a very difficult time seem like a heart centred natural undertaking. K Mannread more
Professional, sensitive, efficient and compassionate from start to finish. Their... personal, alternative and fresh approach was exactly what we wanted yet without compromising all the finer arrangement details, which were dealt with perfectly. I can’t recommend them highly enough at what is always a difficult time.read more
A Natural Undertaking were recommended to us following the death of my wife, by a friend... who had used them previously. From our first meeting, we felt we were in good hands with a team that could talk us through the complexities of the arrangements and discuss the range of options available to us in a personal and very caring way. Working together we planned a service that included a number of unique elements that reflected the exceptional individual who sadly we were having to lay to rest. On the day, the arrangements worked perfectly and the feedback from friends and relatives who attended has been very positive. I am so glad we worked with A Natural Undertaking - we received a very personal and caring service and the whole team were a pleasure to deal with.read more
As a family we decided to go forward with a direct cremation and hold our own service... outside a church environment. Even though this was with our fathers wishes it is sometimes easy to think you must follow the 'traditional' route. Fran & Carrie were both supportive in helping us ensure the day was the right mix of sadness and celebration. It was the little caring things which made the difference. So if you want the right service without feeling you are still in the 1950s then Natural Undertaking will provide a first class service whether its a simple option like ours or a full bespoke option.read more
Right from my first phone call Fran at A Natural Undertaking was amazing. She was kind,... warm and comforting at a time when that is exactly what you need. She gave me wonderful advice and made sure that we were able to create the most wonderful, individual funeral for my mum that still makes me smile when I think of it. They were there at every step of the way with support, advice and practical help. Thank you so much.read more
Join the Celebrating Birmingham's Burial Grounds Project on Sat 20th Nov for an afternoon of talks at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute
Speakers Harold Mytum, Josie Wall & Colin Fenn
Book your free place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/193639299357
Thanks for putting on an interesting and useful agenda - it was really good to meet up again, and hear from people like @shezblue and @JoannaBarnard76 on diversity & inclusion and EQ and tackle other important subjects like the environment .