Heaven on Earth was established in 1995 and continues to be watched over by Paula Rainey Crofts and Simon Dorgan. We are the original bespoke funeral directors and the only ones to be members of “The Association of Green Funeral Directors”. We are also a Natural Death Centre recommended Funeral Director who specialise in helping families to plan a personal, individual celebration of the life of the person who has died. We offer families and friends the choice to become involved in some or all aspects of the funeral or to allow our professional team to carry out their wishes. Our unique approach began because both of us had experienced “Victorian-style” funerals within our own familes and felt that a new approach was necessary.
Although we carry out many ‘traditional’ cremations and burials we are the first green funeral service and offer the choice of a more ecological alternative. We often use hearses and limousines, but more and more our customers, who are concerned about their carbon footprint, want something different: they prefer a silver estate car or a horse and cart instead of gas guzzling black hearses and limousines; they prefer cardboard, willow, bamboo, seagrass, hyacinth or banana-leaf coffins, which look just as dignified as the traditional varnished wooden ones, reflecting their concern about the wastefulness of resources,
and they favour rope handles rather than the traditional plastic look-a-like brass; they like the idea of returning to nature and we offer woodland burials with a tree.
We are able to help you discuss and explore all the possibilities for an individual funeral and consultations can be arranged at our shop.
Our range of funeral services can be tailored to meet your needs whether they be for a cremation or lawn burial or for a garden, meadow or woodland burial. You may like to have a burial at sea. Whichever you choose, we encourage you to become involved in the planning and if desired to decorate the coffin youselves. We respect the rituals and beliefs of all faiths and cultures and help you to fashion a celebration that is profoundly personal and precious. With poetry, readings and music we endeavour to celebrate the life of the deceased with dignity & respect. To this end we can recommend either religious or secular celebrants and we also christian, buddhist, pagan or humanist ceremonies.
Many of our clients want an individual, personal memorial service or celebration for their loved one and we offer a choice of religious, non-religious, humanist, budhhist and multi-faith celebrants. We also encourage families and friends to become involved as we have found that families do the best funerals.