Celebrating Life, Embracing Nature

Across the UK, more and more people are choosing non-religious funerals as a way to celebrate life in a unique and personalised style. Whether you identify as atheist, agnostic, or simply prefer a secular approach, some options allow you to bid farewell in a beautiful alternative to a churchyard or a crematorium.

Why Choose a Non-Religious Funeral?

Non-religious funerals offer a departure from traditional religious ceremonies, providing a platform for a more personalised farewell. These ceremonies focus on celebrating the life lived rather than adhering to religious rituals. They allow for creativity and flexibility, encouraging mourners to share stories, memories, and anecdotes that truly capture the essence of the departed.

Wicker coffin laying on the grass, surrounded by buttercups at Pembrokeshire Natural Burial Ground

Natural Burial Grounds: A Serene Alternative

For those seeking an alternative to traditional churchyards, natural burial grounds present a serene and eco-friendly option. Bath Natural Burial Meadow offers a peaceful final resting place surrounded by nature.

Key Features of Bath Natural Burial Meadow:

Environmentally Friendly

Natural burial grounds prioritise environmental sustainability. The absence of traditional headstones and the use of biodegradable coffins contribute to a more eco-friendly final resting place.

Breathtaking Scenery

Set in a picturesque location in Bath, the burial ground provides a tranquil and beautiful backdrop, creating a serene environment for reflection and remembrance.

Memorial Options

Rather than traditional headstones, Bath natural burial meadow offers alternative memorial options such as planting a tree or engraving a plaque, allowing for a lasting tribute.

How to have a non-religious service

A non-religious service is a ceremony that celebrates life, milestones, or events without incorporating religious traditions. These services often are led by a secular celebrant, humanist officiant, or a chosen friend/family member.

The ceremony may include speeches, readings, memories and non-religious music, with a focus on personalisation and inclusivity. Symbolic gestures like lighting candles, raising a toast of their favourite drink or planting a tree may be incorporated. Alternatively, a moment of reflection allows attendees to contemplate or remember in their own way. The overall tone is one of celebration, emphasising humanist principles, personal values, and positive memories.

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Get in touch

For more information on non-religious funerals and natural burial grounds, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team. We are here to support you and help you create a farewell that is as unique and special as the life being celebrated.

How much is a Natural Burial at Bath?

At the Bath Natural Burial Meadow, you can purchase a burial plot or an ashes plot, either ahead of time or for someone who has died.

The burial ground is divided into 2 areas, each with slightly different features. The Meadow area is the first area you encounter and has views of the whole burial ground. In the Southeastern area, you have peaceful, serene and tranquil views of the surrounding area.

Where is Bath natural burial meadow?

The burial ground is located a few miles from Midford, along the B3110.

We recommend that before you purchase a burial or interment plot from us, you go to visit the burial ground, to make sure it is the right place for you and your family.

You can visit the burial ground without making an appointment. The pedestrian access gate is always unlocked. Or if you would like a guided tour around the ground, please get in touch with Sally, the custodian, who will be happy to meet you there.

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Whether you're arranging a funeral now or planning for the future, we have put together information packs for you to download.

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Janet Cross set up the burial ground to know that the farm and land would have a sustainable future. The Cross family are passionate about preserving Midford’s idyllic landscape and protecting the land from development.


Unlike a conventional cemetery, there will not be rows of memorial stones, benches, vases of flowers or mementos, which would alter the special natural quality of the meadow.


There is space and time to create your own bespoke ceremony within the ethos of the natural burial ground.

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