The Natural Funeral
Mission and Vision statements
Our mission is to provide natural death care choices to families in alignment with their values potentially transforming their journey of loss into meaning and healing.
Our vision is to reimagine funeral service as a holistic offering that emphasizes ecological choice and healing ceremony in response to loss.
It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
We light the way for our families to find meaning and hope in the face of grief and loss. We have sponsored community educational events around grief and advanced planning including storytelling and writing workshops. We host an annual remembrance evening Light From Our Hearts with music, the spoken word and a name reading of our departed loved ones which is a gift to our community.
The Natural Funeral is an award-winning holistic funeral home specializing in natural Reverent Body Care™, eco cremation called water cremation or alkaline hydrolysis, and green burial. We also offer conventional flame cremation and visitations and vigils in our beautiful pine chapel. We are a full service funeral home serving the Boulder/Denver Metro area and beyond. Read our google testimonials to learn what our customers say about our high quality, personalized service.
The Natural Funeral also offers locally sourced, artist-made urns and caskets.
Karen van Vuuren has directed two award-winning educational films – Dying Wish – dyingwishmedia.com (about voluntary stopping of eating and drinking at end stage illness) and Go in Peace goinpeacefilm.org (about veterans end of life care). For more than ten years, Karen was editor of Natural Transitions magazine, sharing conscious, holistic and natural approaches to end of life. She is co-founder of The Natural Home Funeral Alliance – homefuneralalliance.org. She has taught workshops on natural death care for 20 years.
Karen van Vuuren is a former broadcast and print journalist who is co-founder of Colorado’s first holistic, natural funeral home – The Natural Funeral (thenaturalfuneral.com) serving the Boulder-Denver metro area and beyond. Twenty years ago, Karen founded a non-profit, Natural Transitions to educate about and support families with natural death care. She has edited the organization’s biannual magazine, led regular natural death care workshops, and national death care related events on green burial and home funerals, cofounding The National Home Funeral Alliance. Karen is also a documentary-maker whose award-winning hospice films are Dying Wish (dyingwishmedia.com) about a dying doctor’s decision to stop eating and drinking) and Go In Peace (goinpeacefilm.org) about supporting caregivers working with terminally ill veterans with PTSD.
102 West Chester Street Lafayette Colorado 80026