Death is the natural consequence of life. It is inevitable, unavoidable and will come to us all. Fundamentally, a sense of profound loss is often at the heart of anyone following the death of someone close to them.

A Funeral on the other hand, starts with you – the family of the person who has died. You can organise it your way; as a reflection and celebration of a life well lived. Our role is to support families in their choices for a funeral that is in keeping with the person who has died and we have found that increasingly, families are adopting an holistic approach to family life and family death.

Healing often starts with the funeral. Letting go often begins with getting involved, at least initially, maybe through putting together a flower arrangement, helping us to carry the coffin or being present when the coffin is closed.

natural-deathHeathfield Funeral Service and C Waterhouse & Sons are Funeral Directors recommended by the Natural Death Centre. At the heart of our work is the family, their wishes, and an open and honest dialogue with you. We respect the environment, and we offer coffins made from ecologically friendly materials such as willow, wicker and bamboo. throughout Devon and Cornwall. There are several possibilities for an ecologically sound place:

A Natural Burial Ground – theclayton-woodsre are over 260 across the UK. Closest to us is Clayton Wood, a 13 acre meadow site located inside the South Downs National Park. Please visit for more information.

(opposite: Clayton Wood)

Private Land – It is possible to arrange a burial on private land (not as complicated as you might think).

At Sea – for those with a love of the sea or a seafaring past, you may wish the scattering of ashes to be undertaken at sea.

We have a wide experience in the many religious and spiritual beliefs of the many families we have assisted over the years, offering a great richness in the funeral services that we have witnessed. From a full Russian Orthodox Mass to a small discreet rural chapel; we have led a coffin through a bluebell strewn wood and stood in complete silence with two people around a grave.

But if we have learned one thing over the years, it is that people are as different in death as they are in life. If it feels like the right thing to do, it probably is – you are not organising an event, you are creating a unique memory.