Natural Burial: Traditional - Secular Spiritualities and Funeral Innovation

Hannah Rumble

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


From the 1990s the British developed an interest in natural burial, also known as woodland, green, or ecological burial. Natural burial constitutes part of a long, historical legacy for British funeral innovation; from Victorian cemetery monuments and garden cemeteries through the birth and rise of cremation to the many things done with cremated remains. The book sets natural burial in the context of such creative dealing with death, grief, mourning, and the celebration of life. Themes from sociology and anthropology combine with psychological issues and theological ideas to show how human emotions take shape and help people consider their own death whilst also dealing with the death of those they love. The authors explore the variety of motivations for people to engage with natural burial and its popular appeal, using interviews with people having a relationship with one natural burial site created by the Church of England but open to all. They illustrate people's understandings of life and death in the sacred, secular and mixed worlds of modern Britain.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Electronic)9781441169587
ISBN (Print)9781441122964
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2012


  • natural burial
  • funerals
  • death and dying
  • Britain
  • Church of England
  • corpse


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