About The Natural Funeral

About The Natural Funeral

The Vision of The Natural Funeral is to establish a living arts center for end-of-life education and green funerals.
Our Mission is to honor the consumer and the Earth, providing holistic end-of-life education and green funerary care.

Because our specialization is end-of-life education in a very broad sense, we’ll host seminars, educational programs, and other community events. We’ll also support families and communities to create meaningful end-of-life rituals. And, we’ll facilitate ecological, low-impact natural or green funerals. (Scroll down to read more about these.)

Core Values:

We’re excited to create a unique community resource center for people facing end-of-life issues. The Natural Funeral (TNF) will be a vibrant place to gather, to celebrate diversity, and to honor life.

Our Core Values are:

  • Consumer choice, including natural, locally sourced products (in our gift shop).
  • Families’ rights, consumer inclusion, and transparency.
  • Environmental sustainability.
  • A holistic approach to life/death care with skilled therapists for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  • Open discussions of end-of-life issues within the community.

What Makes Us Natural?

All our products and services are as natural and earth-friendly as possible. That means we’ll never use harmful chemicals or toxic products in our practices. Our healing arts practitioners for grief care, work only with ecological products.

Our ritual care of the deceased uses only gentle, natural products, including pure essential oils.

We offer cremation, but can also facilitate green burial or advise on the greenest funeral options.

Green or natural burial was common before the American Civil War. During that conflict, modern embalmers shipped bodies home from the battlefield. They temporarily preserved them using formaledehyde and other toxic chemicals.

Before the Civil War, families laid out their loved ones at death. The deceased returned to the earth in their natural state, in a plain pine box. Before modern embalming, all our cemeteries were green burial grounds. Now the contemporary green burial movement is seeking to provide more natural resting places that minimize our final footprint.

Modern green burial grounds accept only unembalmed bodies in biodegradable caskets. A conventional cemetery requires a cement, fiberglass, or plastic vault. The setting for a green burial may be wild or natural and the landscaping practices, sustainable.

The Natural Funeral is seeking certification from the Green Burial Council, a national organization that has established standards for green funeral providers. We are also members of the National Home Funeral Alliance. TNF founding member, Karen van Vuuren is also a co-founder of The National Home Funeral Alliance.

We support families to make choices that are in harmony with their life values, bringing healing and re-connection to the cycle of life.

Holistic Services and Green Funeral Offerings.

You could say that The Natural Funeral is a one-stop shop for all things end-of-life. You could even call us an end-of-life wellness center.

Our services cover the continuum from pre to post-death.

Wellness services include holistic grief counseling, and grief groups, massage, and other therapies for grief.

Practical planning services to complete advanced health care directives (your care wishes for end-of-life).

Green funeral services (under the supervision of a registered funeral director) and ritual care of your loved-one at death. We can assist you in planning your meaningful, green funeral arrangements. And when the time comes, we will support your family to carry out your wishes, whether you choose a simple, direct cremation or even a home funeral with home visitation or vigil. Our TNF staff regard death as a sacred rite. We’ll care for your loved-one as if they were our own, with respect, love, and kindness.

Cremation or burial arrangements. We’ll counsel and support you to make green funeral choices that fit with your values, your pocketbook, and that bring the greatest healing.

Why Lafayette?

We are a creative, innovative and dynamic new type of eco business. Lafayette supports the eclectic and the unconventional. This city feels like home to us. As a community-centered business, we belong in the heart of this community.

We believe we will be an asset to the City of Lafayette.  Our unique business model will set a precedent that others will follow. We will create positive newsworthy interest for the City of Lafayette. We put a revolutionary spin on a moribund, uninspired, and clichéd service.

We’ve already experienced enthusiasm for our model from Lafayette residents. So we know our educational seminars and ceremonies will attract locals as well as others from all over Boulder County and beyond.  Lafayette has wonderful restaurants, bakeries, florists, coffee shops and retailers. We look forward to partnering with them for the benefit of local business and our clients.