About Us

Independent funeral directors and specialists for green and alternative funerals and woodland burials in Manchester, Cheshire and South Lancashire.

Green Funeral Directors of the Year 2013 and recognised for our work by The Good Funeral Guide.Independent funeral director award

We are one of the founding members of The Association of Green Funeral Directors and belong to  and abide by their ethical code of practice. We are also recommended by the Natural Death Centre and we belong to the  Good Funeral Guide.

We understand that lives are busy at this time and that there is lots to do. Therefore through appointment we can visit you at home, if you wish, to take arrangements and give you a no-commitment estimate. Alternatively you can visit us at the funeral home in Chorlton, South Manchester.

We welcome diversity and feel that we are inclusive of different families and communities needs.

 

Rosie Grant – Natural Endings director

My name is Rosie and I’m  Natural Endings director. I  first became involved with funerals in 1995. Whilst nursing my terminally ill mum Zoë I began, at Zoë’s request, to look into options for her funeral. When the time came friends made the coffin, we held the funeral in a thatched barn and Zoë was buried in a woodland burial ground with a hawthorn tree planted on her grave.

funeral director Rosie Grant. Chorlton, ManchesterWe found that by having a very personal funeral in a venue where we could take our time was a cathartic experience. Friends and family used their own skills to make, speak, carry, create, cook. It was a wonderful day, full of sadness but with great love and pride too. It helped us all immensely.

I went on to train to be a funeral arranger/director in 1996 with the very lovely Peace Funerals and went on to work in London and Sheffield. I set up Natural Endings thirteen years ago in 2005. In that time I’ve gathered some great people to help me.

Though death and loss are natural parts of our lives they can be painful and sometimes confusing. We hope to help you to navigate this difficult time with compassion and humanity. We believe that growing to accept a loss and reflecting on someone’s life is a gradual process and doesn’t just happen during the  funeral service itself. So we support you in this from the moment that we meet you. We can do as much or as little as you need. It might be helpful for you to be very hands-on using your own skills and creativity.  Or perhaps if you’re feeling overwhelmed you would like us to listen to what you need and then take care of everything for you.  

I have  appeared on BBC radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and regularly contributes to broadsheet articles. We were recently featured on BBC On-Line.

I am always happy to answer your questions and help if I can. Even if you’re not in my region of Manchester please feel to ask a question that might be helpful for you. There’s an email form below.

 

Physical care

We believe in same sex care. So it is Rosie that takes care physically of your late mum, partner, wife, civil partner, grandma, daughter or sister. Sometimes families like to be involved in this process but it’s not for everyone. Also we will do everything that we can to avoid embalming.

 

Talks & Workshops

We also offer a range of talks and workshops for communities and continuing professional development for ministers, junior doctors, nurses, hospice staff, counsellors and psychotherapists.  Topics include;  ‘Green Funerals’, ‘Changing Funeral Customs’, ‘Ways To Improve Funerals’ and ‘Planning A Funeral’ and ‘Bereavement Models in Counselling and Psychotherapy’. For the Community and Education page please click here. We also run  workshops for information  click here.

 

Read some of our lovely testimonials.

Get in touch and ask us

If you have had a bereavement and would like to talk to someone about funeral arrangements please telephone our 24 hour number 0161 969 6690.

Or email us at enquiries@naturalendings.co.uk.

Enquiry form

 

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