About Us

The Natural Funeral Company has been assisting families in the wider Auckland area for 19 years now.

We began after hearing people say they would like a cardboard coffin and would like not to be embalmed. Not much has changed over the years apart from a wider choice of eco coffins, and although we do embalm at times, we have lots of experience with our unique care of a person’s body.

Our premises has a calm ambience (it’s been an old church) created to feel like home with lots of candles, flowers and plants.

And we understand the importance of guiding with sensitivity and support through the many choices and decisions that need to be made.

Read a short synopsis about our team below.



What drew you into this work?

Think it was a meant to be thing. Really questioning as to what it means to die: then realising that I loved people and have researched widely on death. So it was a natural progression to work in this field.

What do you like about your role at The Natural Funeral Company?

Making sure people relax and enjoy their funeral process, even if they are sad. And I love caring for a person’s body, making them look their best.

What do you do when you’re not at The Natural Funeral Company?

I have a large orchard and organic vege garden to take care of, and am working on building a house with my partner, love listening to live Jazz, occasionally I write poetry and I love to read.

What’s your view on death?

Well, I believe we go on. I believe in reincarnation that we are all together again with people we love- somewhere, somehow.

What’s important to you in a funeral?

That it runs smoothly of course. That everyone involved feels included and they know they’ve done their best.



What drew me to this work?

I have always been intrigued by what happens when we die and how different cultures practice the ritual of saying goodbye to their beloved. I had such a positive experience with TNFC when my father died that I approached Chris about becoming part of her team. Now I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to honour and support people in the same way my family was.

What do I like about my role at TNFC?

I am truly grateful to work with authentic, compassionate, like-minded people who are deeply committed to providing the best possible experience to families at such a vulnerable time in their lives. I feel it both a privilege and honour to be part of such a significant event as death.

What do I do when I’m not at TNFC?

I have a wonderful family with who I love spending time. I enjoy reading, yoga, and walking. I love to travel and explore foreign lands.

What is my view on death?

I believe death is a transition. I don’t think my mortal mind can fully grasp what that transition looks like. I do feel our Tupuna will be there to greet us when we take our final breath.

What is important to me at a funeral?

We are all so unique and each life should be celebrated with love, honour, and authenticity. I believe the funeral service is essential to help those left behind to face the reality of death. It is a time to come together and support each other, expressing love and respect.

I believe it deeply healing for the bereaved to witness how much others care at this time of loss.



What drew you into this work?

In my work it is important to me to have purpose and meaning. I previously worked in end of life care and the opportunity to work in this field is the logical progression. Ensuring people have what they need planning their own or a loved one’s funeral – whatever that may be – is very important. Funerals are vital rites of passage and I feel privileged to support people facing this life process.

What do you like about your role at The Natural Funeral Company?

I love being part of a Team that works towards a common goal – excellence in care ensuring people are well taken care of at this stage of life’s journey. Natural care and eco-sustainability as a focus is also important to me so the philosophy at TNFC is a “fit” for me.

What do you do when you’re not at The Natural Funeral Company?

When I am not at TNFC I am creating, making functional and non functional ceramic work aiming towards that next show or exhibition.

What’s your view on death?

For me, death is a transition, from one state to another with lots of questions and possibilities in between. It is a process to be respected, honoured and afforded dignity; always.

What’s important to you in a funeral?

The most important thing in a funeral is to carry out the wishes of the person that has died as fully as possible and supporting family to manage to achieve this as much as possible.



What drew you into this work?

I thought about pursuing this career path for 5 years before I had the courage to do so.  I had a fantastic experience with a wonderful woman Funeral Director many years ago who planted the seed for me about working in the funeral industry

What do you like about your role at The Natural Funeral Company?

I love that every family has their own unique way of honouring their loved one and that we are able to help the family achieve this by guiding them through their unique and special funeral process.

What do you do when you’re not at The Natural Funeral Company?

I have 3 teenage children who keep me busy when I’m not at TNFC.  In my spare time I love catching up with friends over a coffee, wine or good food.  A few of my favourite things in life are dancing, walking up Mt Eden, skiing down the mountain and watching a good movie.

What’s your view on death?

Well it’s inevitable…….  and it affects us all in different ways.

What’s important to you in a funeral?

That each family member / friend has a positive experience at such a difficult time.  Different people have different needs and I think it’s important for us to do our best to meet each individual’s needs.

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Please use the enquiry form to the right or call us on 021 234 5650

Or visit us at 120 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021