Natural Endings Equality Statement


At Natural Endings, we want everyone to feel safe, welcome and respected. We aim to support the diversity of the communities that we serve as undertakers.

We will not discriminate (indirectly, directly or by association) on the grounds of race, gender, gender presentation, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, HIV status, disability (including sensory and physical disabilities, learning disabilities, neurobiological difference and mental health status).

We celebrate diversity and honour each person’s right to live life as the unique human being that they are.


My name is Rosie,
I am the director of Natural Endings

I first became involved with funerals in 1995. Whilst nursing my terminally ill mum Zoë, I began, at her request, to look into options for her funeral.

When the time came I was able to wash and dress my mum myself, friends made her coffin and we held her funeral in a thatched barn. Zoë then had one of the first burials in a newly opened woodland burial ground with a hawthorn tree planted on her grave.

We found that by being fully involved in the entire process and 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 and 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 director in 1996 with the funeral pioneers Peace Funerals, working in London and Sheffield. I set up Natural Endings in Manchester in 2005 and since then have gathered some great people to help me.

I have appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and contribute to broadsheet articles, and to BBC Online.

I am always happy to answer your questions and help if I can.

Even if you’re not in my region of Manchester, Cheshire, South Lancashire and West Yorkshire please contact me if you have a question relating to funerals.

Highly recommended by the Natural Death Centre! We have received many letters from families who could not speak more positively about the service received by Natural Endings Funeral Services.

Rosie Inman-Cook; Manager of The Natural Death Centre

Rosie was wonderful. From the first time we contacted her she was kind and gentle. Throughout the whole process, she made us feel confident and at ease with all the practicalities. We changed our minds a lot about the type of funeral service we wanted and she accommodated us without any problem in all our requests. Even last minute requests were responded to and dealt with positively. We chose the cream wool coffin and if you can say a coffin looks beautiful, it did, with a posy of English flowers on top. Rosie and her pall bearers were professional, elegant and supportive on the day of the funeral. The men were gentle giants.They were all so sensitive with us and with our Mum. Supporting us as a family to carry our Mum in and out of church holding the coffin by the side handles.The price of the funeral was extremely reasonable and we were given all the costs up front, no hidden or added on costs

Jo Bayly & Lindsay Parish, Bowdon

“I felt great warmth and compassion from Rosie, Natural Endings, when I went to visit my Grand-Mother in the Chapel of Rest. I greatly appreciated being able to spend quiet, unrushed time with her, and it was an honour also to assist Rosie in the final shrouding of my Grand-Mother and the closing of her willow coffin. Thank you Rosie for this and your gentleness. It was greatly appreciated by myself and my family.

Tom Baskeyfield

If you have had a bereavement and would like to talk to someone about funeral arrangements,
please call our 24 hour numbers –

0161 969 6690 for South Manchester and Cheshire

01706 941757for Todmorden, Calderdale and South Lancashire

We are happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a no-commitment estimate of costs.

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