As an environmentally-aware organisation, we will always encourage burial instead of cremation. Cremation uses a huge amount of fossil fuel, adds to environmental pollution, and crematoria can feel so bare and institutional families are encouraged to spend more than they need to make the event special. Furthermore, there is usually a family before or queueing to come in after: it can feel very much like production lines. If you are looking for a funeral that makes the most sense for a nature-lover, you may be interested in our Sustainability Choices Chart. This gives guidance so you can make decisions that are best for the environment.
However, for religious or emotional reasons, some still would wholly prefer to be cremated. We are not able to make the arrangements, so a funeral director will be needed.
After a cremation, a family is left with the question of what to do with the ashes.
The scattering of ashes is strictly prohibited at Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground.
This is because we are creating a nature reserve: the scattering of ashes is terribly polluting. Ashes alter the fertility and pH of the soil, killing the tender and beautiful native wildflowers and encouraging the growth of what are thought of as weeds, such as stinging nettles.
Interring ashes at Sun Rising is possible. Choosing to inter creates a place where family and friends can visit their loved one, to sit and talk, to reflect and find healing in nature's tranquility. It is possible to inter ashes in meadow or woodland plots. In woodland, a tree can be planted near the grave, and a memorial plaque inscribed with a few special words.
The next step is to visit the burial ground, or to call us and make an arrangement to meet there, where we talk through what you are looking for. We are flexible and willing to meet any time, seven days a week, during daylight hours. Let us help.