Nationwide - News from The Natural Death Centre

Jan 3, 2012

Anyone who cares about improving the way we deal with the subject of death in our society is likely to have come across the ground breaking ‘Natural Death Handbook’, first published in 1993 by The Natural Death Centre. Thousands of people have been helped by this straightforward, yet sensitive and spiritual guide to empowering those whose death is approaching and their families who will be left behind - and in 2012 a fifth, fully revised edition is to be published by the charity.

Run on a shoestring, and supported mainly by sales of the Handbook and donations from individuals, the NDC has recently appointed Fran Hall, a former award-winning funeral director and previous manager of the UK’s largest natural burial ground, as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Fran will be working alongside the other trustees and the manager of the NDC, Rosie Inman Cook to promote sales of the new Handbook, which will comprise three books in one – a revised Handbook, a collection of essays on death by eminent writers of our time, and a directory of natural burial grounds and recommended funeral directors.

‘I am honoured to have been invited to chair the board at this incredibly exciting time’, said Fran. ‘The long awaited new edition of the Handbook will be essential reading for anyone involved in supporting someone who is dying or who has been bereaved, and I can’t wait to see it in print. We will be launching it in London later this year, although copies can be reserved in advance on the NDC website .

‘I know that the publication of the new Handbook, together with all the other incredible work done by the charity in informing and supporting the public in all aspects of death and dying, will ensure that we continue to lead the way in the UK and around the world.

The NDC provides the only impartial funeral advice service in the UK, and works in death education, challenging social attitudes to death and dying. Guidance from the NDC is regularly sought by professional practitioners, government departments and the media. The charity also runs the Association of Natural Burial Grounds, a body set up to promote green burials.