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.
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 writing up their findings in their school […]
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 careers and become undertakers five […]
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 mortality. This year was extra special due to the wealth of creativity 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 when we do, we often come to it from […]
Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018 Last night we met some of the sponsors and other companies that have made the shortlist. We met on the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel which has a stunning view across the city (more of that to come in a future post!). Having chatted to a number of people […]
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 is music to our ears, especially when we’re asked to contribute! Please do take a look […]
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 […]