Who we work with

Working in the Birmingham area means that there are a number of natural burial grounds, crematoria and cemeteries to choose from. And when it comes to creating a beautiful and personal ceremony, sometimes it’s nice to get a little help from others. Here is some information on the types of individuals and organisations that we work with.

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A Natural Undertaking
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Chris Hallmark
Chris Hallmark
08:38 07 Mar 20
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
Gillian Washington
Gillian Washington
18:06 29 Jan 20
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
Amanda Smart
Amanda Smart
18:50 20 Jan 20
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
James MacLaren
James MacLaren
16:04 11 Dec 19
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
Elizabeth Logan
Elizabeth Logan
06:40 12 Nov 19
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
Rachel Gregory
Rachel Gregory
06:45 12 Oct 19
Absolutely wonderful company. Understood our family’s wishes completely. Ethical and... their pricing is incredibly fair. Thank you so much for making a difficult time much easier for us.read more
Rachel Plant
Rachel Plant
11:40 08 Oct 19
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
Lisa Small
Lisa Small
09:19 02 Jul 19
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
Linda Higgins
Linda Higgins
18:07 06 May 19
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
Chris Lee
Chris Lee
15:50 15 Apr 19
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
Jane Arstall
Jane Arstall
17:19 14 Apr 19
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
Kamala Kay Mann
Kamala Kay Mann
05:50 09 Apr 19
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
Giles Darby
Giles Darby
13:40 19 Feb 19
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
Mike Abrams
Mike Abrams
17:59 30 Dec 18
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
Simon Wilkes
Simon Wilkes
15:16 20 Dec 18
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
Nerina Villa
Nerina Villa
11:02 20 Sep 18
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
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Direct Cremation: £995 + cremation fee
Simple Cremation / Burial: £1,695
Creative Funeral: £1,395 plus options
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Ceremony Support

There are a number of local people and businesses that we work with to ensure that families who come to us really do get to choose a personal farewell.

It can be really helpful to have someone experienced in writing and delivering services to help you to create a funeral or memorial. Whether you have religious belief or not, a good minister or celebrant will work with a family to find out about the person who has died and help you to remember them. They can either deliver the service for you, act as a master of ceremonies for the day, or just write something you can read. It is entirely possible for family and friends to do it all- but a lot of people feel this is too much to take on.

We know some really lovely members of the clergy and civil and humanist celebrants who work locally. We can make some recommendations on who we think might be the best fit for your needs.

If you’d like to know more about the differences between the types of people who can deliver a funeral service take a look at our blog post: Do you know your humanists from your civil celebrants?

Flowers and funerals are a partnership as old as time. Whilst there is a relatively recent trend towards family flowers only, many people still like to have some flowers to decorate the coffin. If you have a lovely garden, and it’s the right time of year, you can use your own.

We also know some amazing local florists who can help advise you to create something beautiful and just right for you.

The relationship between food and funerals is also an important one. If you want help in creating a simple afternoon tea or a sumptuous funeral feast, we have trusted local caterers we are happy to recommend to you.

If you would like to arrange a funeral that takes place somewhere in addition to the crematorium or burial ground the we can help you with finding spaces for the funeral, memorial service or wake. Whether something intimate and simple, to beautiful and grandiose – we can help you find the perfect place.

For more ideas on venues take a look at our Funeral Venues page.


Natural Burial Grounds

We love these Natural Burial Grounds. Run by passionate and wonderful people, and closer to Birmingham than you might think. They both have their own distinct character.

For Natural Burial Grounds in other parts of the country, we work closely with the Association of Natural Burial Grounds to help identify the perfect setting for you.

Chat to us about what might suit you best, we can always take you for a visit.

Westall Park, Holberrow Green Nr Redditch, Worcestershire

Westall Park SunsetWestall Park is one of the UK’s finest natural burial grounds and aims to create a place which those who wish to remember their loved ones will want to visit, not out of a sense of duty, but from the pleasure and peace of mind it can evoke.

They have created an eco-friendly cemetery as a place for quiet reflection in an informal setting amongst trees, wild flowers and wildlife.

Eventually it will become a woodland glade, full of nature where all wildlife is encouraged to thrive.

Sun Rising, Nr Stratford upon Avon

Sun Rising fieldSun Rising is South Warwickshire’s beautiful nature reserve burial ground. In glorious countryside at the edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sun Rising offers peace and security you will feel wholly confident with – together with a caring, supportive and professional service for each and every family. Sun Rising is not a cemetery. It is a growing nature reserve, a place where everyone is encouraged to come and explore, to find peace and time to reflect.

Alne Wood Park, Nr Alcester

Anne Wood ParkAs part of The Heart of England Forest, a beautiful, idyllic, woodland burial ground, Alne Wood Park has been created. Out in the country near to Alcester, the peaceful burial area is approached via a short drive. Mature hedges compliment the surrounding veteran oak trees and the attractive flower meadows produce a wildlife sanctuary as an added attraction.


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Crematoria

Most people today are cremated. The crematorium, its buildings and environment can vary tremendously. If cremation is your choice then you might not just want to go to the nearest – if you ask us we can talk through the features of several so you can choose the best setting for your farewell.

Birmingham City council runs three crematoria:

Lodge Hill Crematorium

Sutton Coldfield Crematorium

Yardley Crematorium

 

£814 Cremation fee – 30 or 45 minute slots depending on the crematorium

Visit the Birmingham City Council website for more information

Perry Barr Crematorium

Owned by Dignity funerals.

£766 including chapel. 30 minute slots

More information on the Dignity website

Redditch Crematorium

Redditch crematoirum has some beautiful views over the countryside, and recycles its energy to heat the swimming pool at the leisure centre next door.

From £695 (early morning 30 minute slots) to £795 including chapel (45 mins)

For more information visit the Redditch Council website

Sandwell Valley Crematorium

Booking times are offered at 45 minute intervals. Families are allowed up to 30 minutes for the service.

It’s also possible to book a room for a reception.

Cremation fee £745

It’s also possible to prepay for a cremation in Sandwell.

More information on the Sandwell website

Robin Hood Crematorium

Woodlands Crematorium, Coleshill

£740 Cremation fee

More information on this Solihull website

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Cemeteries

These are publicly owned cemeteries. Some are full for new graves now, but most will offer burial plots for cremated remains.

Each will have its own rules about the nature of memorials allowed. Prices will vary enormously, often it’s cheaper for residents, so check with us for a current price. We are happy to talk to the cemetery staff for you to ensure you are aware of all the costs and regulations.

Brandwood End Cemetery

Now only offer Ashes plots for the burial of two sets of cremated remains. These are located to the right of the chapels and in the Diamond Wood area.

Handsworth Cemetery

Grave sections vary in denomination from consecrated, Free Church, Roman Catholic and Muslim. Adult graves for up to 2 full body burials are available on all these sections. An extended hours burial service is available at Handsworth Cemetery and burials can be accommodated at short notice.

Kings Norton Cemetery

Kings Norton Cemetery has graves available for adult and children interments on lawn header sections. There are also two cremation sections which are able to receive up to either two or four cremated remains interments.

Primrose Meadow is an area of Kings Norton Cemetery designed for natural burials.

Lodge Hill Cemetery

There are no new graves available within the cemetery.

Cremated Remains plots, for up to 2 sets of cremated remains, are limited.

Quinton Cemetery

Full graves, children’s graves and cremated remains graves are available. Sections are designated as Free Church, Roman Catholic, Consecrated and there is also a section for use by the Chinese Community. Burials can take place in either private or public graves.

Yardley Cemetery

Yardley Cemetery has no land for new full graves as it reached capacity in 1962. Full interments, burial or scattering of cremated remains continue to take place in private family graves. A Cremated Remains section was opened in 2009 for the interment of Cremated Remains. These graves are still available to purchase for the burial of up to two sets of Cremated Remains.

Robin Hood Cemetery

Opened in 1917, covers an area of 45 acres, a Cemetery Chapel was constructed in 1931, the extensive grounds consist of ancient woodland, with traditional and lawn grave sections. The Crematorium was opened in 1958, and to make the necessary provision for cremation facilities, the cemetery chapel was modified and the buildings extended.

Woodlands Cemetery, Coleshill

Opened in 1984 and initially accommodated lawn graves and cremated remains graves. In 2000 the existing cemetery chapel was modified and extended to make provision for the Crematorium. The style and architecture was carefully planned to match the existing building and is sympathetic to its rural location. The cemetery has an extensive woodland area containing an ancient decoy pool.

Widney Manor Cemetery, Bentley Heath

Opened in 1992 and is situated in a rural setting. The cemetery accommodates lawn graves and cremated remains graves, there is also an area set aside for the strewing of cremated remains.

Witton Cemetery

New adult graves are no longer available to purchase. Witton Cemetery can still offer you Private Baby graves. Public burials can still take place for both babies and adults. Cremated remains plots, with the capacity for two cremated remains interments, are also available.

Sutton Coldfield Cemetery

This cemetery has no land for new graves and administration is carried out from Sutton New Hall Cemetery. Public children’s graves are available in the older parts of the cemetery and private children’s graves are available in the newer portion.

Sutton New Hall Cemetery

All graves are Free Church and are therefore dedicated at the time of burial. There is however a small section reserved for Orthodox burial. Adult graves for one or two burials and for reservation, are currently available. Cremated remains plots for one, two or four burials, or for reservations, are also available.

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