A Funeral with Us
Calm – Unhurried – Relaxed - Informal
Death and dying can be an uncomfortable subject.
You may have never been to a funeral, let alone a natural burial, so let us reassure you.
Everything at Clandon Wood will feel familiar.
Your surroundings will feel calm, unhurried, relaxed and informal.
Your Choice - Your Decisions
At a time when you are probably at your most vulnerable, we can help and guide you.
Calmly and at a measured pace.
You will be advised as to what is required, what is possible and what is not necessary.
We care enough to advise and assist you, whether you use our services or not.
Free choice and your own decisions; from unbiased information, that can be freely sought and is freely given.
A People Place
Clandon Wood is a people place. It is a Nature Reserve to be enjoyed through every season.
Devoted to our visitors and devoid of cars, all vehicles are required to be parked, in seclusion and out of sight in the landscape. Everyone can enjoy our beautiful landscape as we have a small buggy for those that are unable to walk any distance.
There is also a welcoming office reception and comfortable toilets including disabled facilities.
The Pavilion - an inside space, outside.
Used for informal gatherings, funerals and memorial services, the Pavilion is built entirely of timber and glass.
The Pavilion is supported by wooden columns; it seems to touch the ground lightly and float in the landscape. Once inside you are surrounded and enveloped by the natural environment.
During cold weather it is heated by a wood pellet furnace. In fine weather the large glass doors slide apart and the building’s contained space flows out across the wide timber decks into the meadow beyond.
Extraordinary Funerals in an Extraordinary Place
Whether it is your funeral that you are planning or one for family or a friend, you can be assured that it will be a funeral that you will want to remember in a place you won’t want to forget.
Chosen, arranged and accomplished by you - with your family - with your friends - with our help.
At most of today’s funerals you are allotted fixed time slots.
A funeral at Clandon Wood is not dictated by the schedules or agendas of others. Agendas that are often at odds with your entitlements and your emotions.
At Clandon Wood our funerals are not time sensitive.
The Pavilion may be used for up to three hours. You may then spend as long as you wish at the reserve.
Feel free to take your time - it is your time - you need to remember it.
A Walk to the Grave
The procession has gone from our funerals; in days gone-by, the funeral started at home and proceeded on foot to the cemetery, where the service was held and the burial took place.
We have revived this old tradition at Clandon Wood. From a service in our glass Pavilion a gentle procession follows a horse-drawn hay cart or hand-cart that bears the coffin.
This can be a time to share with others or give you space for your emotions.
Life, Death and Renewal
Natural burial is very much about life and renewal through nature. The cycle of the seasons reflecting our succession through life.
Everywhere there is light and air and a sense of hope for the future.