Here’s a glimpse of The Natural Funeral’s history.

In 2016, Karen van Vuuren and Daniel Ziskin were collaborating on a project to bring natural burial options to Boulder County. As part of the group, Green Burial Boulder County, Dan and Karen had sat down to talk about possibilities. At the end of their conversation, Karen said, “It would be great to have a natural burial option, but what we really need is a green funeral home!”

Dan’s response was, quite immediately, “Let’s do it!”

As a natural deathcare educator, Karen had supported many families in the community who wanted natural and more personalized deathcare for their loved-ones. She had witnessed the emergence of green funeral homes around the country. It was puzzling why Boulder County did not have this new type of funeral business.

Before co-presenting on a panel about funeral options at a regular Boulder county event,  Senior Law Day, Karen chatted with Prescott Knock about the natural funeral business idea. Knock was a marketing director for a Boulder hospice and had extensive knowledge of end-of-life services in the area. He soon became the third founder in an ambitious, game-changing project, The Natural Funeral. March 1, 2019, The Natural Funeral opened as a holistic mortuary and end-of-life resource center in Lafayette, Boulder county, Colorado.

Realizing the vision

In the short video above and elsewhere on this website, you will learn how our values and ethics guide our every interaction with our client families. Our approach is holistic. We focus on complete client care, not only of the deceased but also of the bereaved. We offer reverent body care™ of your loved-one using essential oils. We do not embalm. Our cremation and burial options include water cremation and green burial.

Our resource room at our Boulder county Lafayette funeral home contains products made by local artisans. Most are locally sourced and are biodegradable, natural products., such as beetle-kill pine caskets, urns, beeswax candles and glass cremains art jewelry.

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