About Us

Independent funeral directors in Manchester, Cheshire and South Lancashire.

Green and alternative funerals, cremations and woodland burials.

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. The time leading up to the funeral and the funeral itself are an important part of this process. 

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.

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.

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

Our People

My name is Rosie and I’m 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, 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.

Rosie Grant funeral director
Rosie Grant funeral director

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 arranger/director in 1996 with the very lovely Peace Funerals and went on to work 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/West Yorkshire please get in touch if you have a question relating to funerals. There’s an email form below.

Awards and Memberships

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 Good Funeral Guide .

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

We are recognised for our experience and are regularly asked to comment and contribute to BBC television and radio programs as well as broadsheet newspaper articles.

Read some of our lovely testimonials.

Talks & Workshops

We have strong links with our community and are regularly asked to contribute to professional development training for junior doctors, hospice staff, death doulas, counsellors and psychotherapists, funeral celebrants and trainee ministers.

Rosie Grant delivers workshops and talks at these institutions as well as at psychotherapy and death and dying conferences. She is available for talks and workshops in;

  • The Continuing Bonds Bereavement Model*
  • Modern Co-Creation of Rituals
  • Green Funerals
  • Changing Funeral Customs
  • Non-verbal ritual in modern funerals

*Continuing Bonds is a 21st century model of bereavement that emphasises ideas that we maintain bonds with our dead loved ones and form a different kind of relationship with them in order to move forward into the future. Older modernist models emphasised a need to break bonds with the loved one and ‘let go’ in order to be able to move forward.

More information about future talks and workshops.

If you are interested in inviting Rosie to talk or workshop at your institution or conference please get in touch.

Get in touch

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:

Enquiry form

Companies House registered address:
Todmorden Hall, Rise Lane, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 7AA. 

Companies registration number: 6510395