Providing beautiful, environmentally friendly, cost effective burial services in a peaceful woodland or meadow setting.
In recent years there has been an increase in direct cremations, initially due to high profile funerals such as that of David Bowie. More recently the covid crisis has necessitated this option for many in society. The advantages of such a service are clear, the cost is much below that of a traditional funeral and greater emphasis can be placed on what may be seen as more appropriate ways to remember and celebrate a life. Especially for those who are not religious.
However, it is not well known that direct natural burial is also available. This allows the cost and simplicity advantages of direct cremation whilst also ensuring the greatest possible care for nature and the environment. This also allows the opportunity for family and friends to visit a beautiful area of peace and tranquility to remember their loved one.
So what is a direct natural burial? Put simply, the burial is conducted with the usual care and respect at one of our natural burial grounds, but without a service and with no mourners present. The Natural Burial Company would choose the grave plot and this would remain unmarked. The family would be aware of the burial ground, but would not be informed of the exact location of the plot. However, a memorial tree and/or plaque may be purchased and be placed in our memorial area. The grave plot may also be purchased at a later date, this would then allow for the grave to be identified and memorials to be placed on the grave if you wish.
As the service is simplified and the grave is not identified the cost is significantly less than for a standard burial plot. This allows for funds to be available for a celebration, memorial service or other activity in remembrance. As with all of our services we ensure that our care for the deceased, the bereaved and the environment is total.
A direct burial plot with gravedigging and administration fees is £780 at our Prestwold and Scraptoft Natural Burial Grounds and £850 at our Wrottesley Park Natural Burial Ground. Additional charges will be made by your funeral director for other items such as the coffin, transport and their professional services.
For further information regarding direct natural burial please don’t hesitate to contact The Natural Burial Company or your funeral director. We are here at all times to help you care for the environment, save money and ensure a beautiful natural legacy.