"Nothing but the highest of praise, for you Emma and Sun Rising, from all those attending Karen's tucking up. Sarah, the only female bearer, said later that night, "today was as perfect as it could possibly have been. By heck is was raw but by heck it was beautiful". Another bearer said he was imagining himself transported back into Thomas Hardy territory. I can't adequately express what Sun Rising has meant to me. Simply saying a heart felt thank you seems so trifling."
"On behalf of our whole family I wish to thank you Emma, and your team, for all of your assistance in ensuring our tribute to Pops went so very smoothly. All attending agreed that Sun Rising is such a beautiful setting and a fine send-off befitting a very unique character. Your quiet efficiency made everything flow so seamlessly whilst managing to remain unobtrusive at all times. We could not have pulled it off so well without your advice and support."
"My brother was a law unto himself. Nobody told him what he should, or should not, do. He was a free spirit. This beautiful Nature Reserve, where wild things live, is the perfect place for his soul to rest; and I look forward to every single visit - thank you Emma, David, and Mark."
"On the day Emma greeted us as we arrived, stayed throughout the ceremony/burial and spent time talking to the family at the end. Unfortunately some of the family were unable to attend due to poor health and had been upset at this. I had intended to set a camcorder on a tripod so that they could at least see the ceremony and the site. Emma's partner, David, who was also on site on the day of the funeral, immediately offered to help out and did a fantastic job - thank you so much."
"So to the downsides, and there are only a couple. Currently there are no toilet facilities on site but that is being addressed' (onsite toilet available mid Sept 2013: ed) 'but Tysoe Tea Rooms are just a mile away and are a good meeting point - problem solved. The second is that it was a 70 miles round trip for us from Daventry, and can make it a long day for some of the older folks. But ... Would we do it again? - oh yes, for sure. So many who attended were overflowing with compliments about Sun Rising and have since told me that it has made them re-think their own plans. Personally, both my partner and I have made it clear that this is where we wish to rest when our time comes."
"Thank you for your gentle guidance yesterday and a heartfelt thank you from our family for such a truly beautiful burial. We all agreed that, whilst it was all so heartbreaking and devastating to lay to rest Benedict who we all loved so much, it was the most perfect & deeply personal experience. To be allowed to enter the grave with him to place the earth on him so gently & fill the grave - the hardest thing we’ve ever done but also the last act of love we could perform for our precious man. An unconventional, unique and loving burial which reflected him and his folks to an absolute T." [Using a simply shroud and willow base, instead of a coffin, the family backfilled the grave themselves.]
"Can I take this opportunity of thanking you for everything you did to help us plan our son's funeral. Your concern, thoughtfulness, attention to detail and professionalism were exemplary and although it was such a heart-breakingly sad occasion, we have also taken from it many happy memories."
"Everyone who attended the interment thought the grounds were fantastic!"
"It is a genuine nature reserve. No plastic mementos or anything decorative is allowed. There are simple memorial posts. I cannot think how it could be improved. Not many people could bury their beloved to the music from a harpist and brown hares running around. Perfect."
"Sue's ceremony at Sun Rising was a celebration of her life, her loves and those people she touched, and yes, sadness too. It was shaped in no small way by the care, concern and quietly directive manner in which Emma opened the burial ground up to me so I could achieve Sue's wishes for her burial. Also the superb services of the Civil Celebrant, Tricia Empson, contributed greatly. Sun Rising is simply extraordinary, having the capacity and facility to mark individual lives in truly individual ceremonies. There is a calm and peace in knowing that Sue's remains are in the soil of this natural and magical place, where both our mothers are also laid to rest."
"My uncle, who passed away recently, had let it be known to some (but not all of the family) that he wished to have a natural burial. We also decided that a celebrant service would complement the request. This would be a first for our family!! He had expressed a preference for a particular site, but having visited and me tthe people running it I had some major doubts as to the location and the reasons and aims of their "business". So began a two day search for somewhere to meet the wishes of my uncle. I also had to reassure the members of the family who were not aware of his wishes that this type of burial would be respectful and dignified on the day, but also that the principles and forward views of the site were honourable"
"I was so pleased when I found Sun Rising (recommended by a funeral director). Not only is the site in the most beautiful location you could ask for, but Emma, who met me at the site, was the most honest and natural person you could wish to have guiding you through the process. At last I had my uncle's final resting place. Communication from Emma up to the day of the funeral was excellent and you can tell that she really does care that everything is right for you. Sun Rising is not a business to her, it is a passion. For example, careful selection of the plant life, and housing of bees on the site to ensure pollination of the woodland and meadow flowers, and the forethought put into the forward planning of the site is to be commended."
"The experience of laying my mother to rest at Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground was so positive that all those who attended (a deliberately small group of family and close friends) commented how peaceful it turned out. What a wonderful memory they have to hold on to, of that special midsummer's day. As the one liaising with Emma beforehand I commend her highly. Right from the initial enquiry she radiated calm support and compassion. We were given all the relevant information in the right order. Emails were replied to swiftly, even at weekends. We were guided to make choices in line with our wishes. There was always a strong ethical underpinning to what was suggested. No pressure to make decisions. It felt good to be helped to thoughtfully choose the place we preferred within the Woodland area. Also Emma offered to decorate my mother's cremation box with their own meadow flowers to personalise it. Practical help was given in an unflustered and non-intrusive way with last minute arrangements to connect the mp3 player, using their battery to overcome the fact that there is no electricity on the site. We feel so grateful that we were able to have this experience and will always associate Sun Rising with a place of tranquility."