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.
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.
Rosie Inman-Cook; Manager of The Natural Death Centre
Jo Bayly & Lindsay Parish, Bowdon
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 941757 – for Todmorden, South Lancashire and Calderdale
We are happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a no-commitment estimate of costs.Contact us