About Wendy

 

 
I initially set up and ran award winning Tarn Moor Memorial Woodland, Skipton in 2002. Very quickly I was asked by a family to help them arrange a funeral and say a few words. 
 
In 2011 I was very busy with both Tarn Moor and my funeral directing so I decided then to concentrate on being a ‘green funeral director’ & funeral celebrant. I now have time for my family and also devote myself to a wonderful job.
 
The only regret in my job/vocation is that I didn’t come into it earlier in my life. I have been so privileged to meet such wonderful families and be able to guide them through many very special farewells.
 
Whether a woodland burial or cremation, environmental awareness is paramount. It can be simplistic and intimate, as bold and colourful as your imagination, traditional or a mixture. Homemade or biodegradable coffins, handmade bespoke shrouds, and floral tributes from the hedgerow. Many of my families make their own floral tributes, often with flowers and foliage from their own garden, and help to decorate the coffin.
I suppose I am quite unique, as I don’t think there are many funeral directors who plan and lead the ceremony, or call their chapel of rest, ‘the departure lounge’!!
I believe it is important to be able to personally follow each stage with the family and not delegate, encouraging family involvement and attention to detail. Information and openness is the key. There are so many options available but often it is a case of knowing the question to ask! 
 
It is wonderful to see how more people are talking and being pro-active in planning their funerals and are so much more aware of the environment.  The importance of knowing they, as a family, are in control, not the funeral director.
 
Contemporary funerals are becoming increasingly popular as people brush aside the pressure to conform to solemn tradition, and instead choose to celebrate the life of a loved one in a more informal style.