Sun Rising Coffin Bier

Coffin Bier

When we first thought of buying a coffin bier, it was because some of the larger corporate funeral directors (and a few smaller ones too) now refuse to shoulder coffins in the traditional way.  Citing health and safety, they simply don’t carry, instead wheeling a coffin on a small metal trolley.  Such trolleys may be fine in new urban churches, but out on the bumpy stone tracks and uneven meadow grass of a natural burial ground they are wholly inappropriate.  So we had a bier designed and made.  Isn’t it beautiful …

Sun Rising Coffin Bier

Sun Rising Coffin Bier

On Saturday morning, however, in soft summer rain, we tried it out, and I realised that the value is far far greater.  The bier is so beautifully designed that it is possible for just one (reasonably strong) person to pull it alone, two ordinary folk to move it with ease, or even more wonderfully, for three or four with not much strength at all.  Suddenly it is possible for daughters to carry …

Why a ‘bier’?  It’s from the Old English bær, the same root as bear.  It’s a much more lovely word than cart …

Yellow Hammer sketched by Robin Restal

Latest Newsletter

We have today published our latest newsletter for Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground.  Those receiving notification by email should get a note about it today, with a link to the website.  Those signed up to receive the newsletter by post should have it through their letter box around the weekend.  You can find it here : https://sunrising.co.uk/pdfs/newsletters/NRBGspring14.pdf

Yellow Hammer sketched by Robin Restal

Yellow Hammer sketched by Robin Restall

 

Nova's Cabin

The Cabin

Putting up a completed webpage about some aspect of a project is always a good sign: it often marks either the beginning or the end.  I’m very happy to say that Nova’s Cabin at Sun Rising is now pretty much completely operational, and the webpage is up!  Have a look at https://sunrising.co.uk/visiting/cabin.html.  The key photo on the page is taken from the south western corner of the site, by the pond …

Nova's Cabin

Nova’s Cabin

Funeral Prices

In the latest edition of the Funeral Service Times, a report states that the average funeral now costs over £7000. At Sun Rising, without a funeral director, the average funeral costs around £2000.  And with a good local funeral director, it should cost no more than £3200.

FST Funeral Prices

Of course, you can pay as much as you like on a funeral, opting for expensive memorials and all the bells and whistles, but there is no need to do so.

The report was made by an insurance company, so perhaps there is an agenda about how much one should be putting into a pre-payment plan?

Nova's Cabin

Nova’s Cabin

The new cabin is currently being erected at Sun Rising.  Made almost entirely of wood, with waney edged green oak boards and a cedar shingle roof, the cabin will provide us with a small place where I can meet with families to talk about ideas, hopes, plans and wishes,  to arrange funerals and memorials, to share a moment’s conversation, and in winter perhaps to warm hands and toes.

There is also an eco-composting toilet in the cabin.  This has little of the white ceramic elegance of a twenty-first century convenience, but it is a brilliant piece of design: a toilet that needs no sewerage, no water, no electricity.  It can also be placed near water courses, like the little brook that runs along the side of the burial ground, as, being entirely self-contained, it poses no risk of pollution.  And all it creates is compost!  Let’s see how it works in practice.

The cabin won’t be staffed all the time, so the toilet – accessible only through the office – won’t be available except if there is a member of staff on site.  However, whenever we are there, the five-bar gate will be open: so pop in and say hello!

Here’s a picture of the construction in process …

Nova's Cabin

Building Nova’s Cabin at Sun Rising

Here Again!

With apologies to those who have been used to getting news of Sun Rising through these blog posts – although irregular, I was managing to put a note out now and then!

Over the last months, the whole system has been down, and I have not had the resources to get it up and running again.  But now, thanks to David’s time and patience, we are back on line.

Please forgive the interlude then, and I shall do my best to keep postings more frequent from here on.

Common Blue

Friends of SR Greetings Cards

We are very happy to present a series of 12 photographs of Sun Rising as blank greetings cards for sale in aid of The Friends of Sun Rising, our charity.  The full set of 12 can be found here : Friends of SR Cards Set or have a look at our Friends webpage.  Here’s an example …

Common Blue

Common Blue taken by Emma Restall Orr

The cards are £1.50 each or £15 for a full set of 12.  I have yet to work out postage and packing for those who would like them sent, and we’ve not yet got an online shop working!  So simply get in touch if you would like to buy some : Contact Us.

Newsletter and Activity Days

The Autumn/Winter 2012 Newsletter fro Sun Rising is now complete, the PDF posted on our webpage at :  https://sunrising.co.uk/visiting/newsletters.html.  All those who are on our email mailing list will receive a note letting them know it is up and ready to download and read.  Postal recipients should have their printed copies by the end of this week.

In line with the Newsletter, we have also updated our News and Activity Days pages.  Do have a look, come along to join us for an event, or let us know if there is anything we can help with.

 

The New Interpretation Board

New Interpretation Board

The interpretation board at the entrance of the burial ground was designed in 2006 just before we first opened.  Much of the wording expressed what we hopedto create, and the map showed a vision of how we thought the nature reserve would develop.  We have now updated the board.

The New Interpretation Board

The New Interpretation Board

The words speak of what we are creating, and most of the pictures are those taken at the burial ground itself.  The hare and butterfly pictures are of our residents, as is the meadow of flowers at the bottom of the board.  The map of how we are developing the site is also updated, showing fewer tracks and more woodland than we originally intended.

We hope you like it!

New Tracks

Visitors to Sun Rising will notice that we have, at last, been able to complete the track running from the Roundhouse to the top gate.  The quarry nearest the burial ground, from where all our stone has come in the past, has been open only occasionally over the past year, and wonderfully this last week we had both dry weather and stone together.  Our builder, Brian, worked hard, and the track is now down, awaiting only the roller over the next few days.  If you have any queries, let us know.