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The Natural Death Society

Do you believe that death is a natural part of life?

Do you feel we should all be empowered in the process of dying and of organising a funeral?

Why don’t you join The Natural Death Society?

The Natural Death Society has been set up by the NDC to bring together people who share the same belief in our human right to approach death with the same freedom that we live our lives.

Open to everyone to join, the Society has been created to spread the word about choice and to promote improvement, both in the process of dying and in the arrangements for funerals, to challenge society’s acceptance that we cannot care for our dead ourselves, and to take away the fear of the discussion of death and dying.

By joining the Society, you will be supporting the continuing work of The Natural Death Centre, the Charity that pioneered the natural death movement across the world.

In return, you will receive:

• A complimentary copy of the fifth edition of The Natural Death Handbook, published June 2012 (Three book box set, RRP £24.00)*

• A Natural Death Centre Information Pack, including invaluable documents and guidance for those contemplating their own death or that of someone close to them.

• Access to the Natural Death Society Google Group, a private forum for sharing ideas, experiences and events.

• Discounted tickets for educational events and workshops run by the Natural DeathCentre.

• Regular newsletters and updates on subjects of interest.

• A membership certificate and lapel pin.

• Optional inclusion on a public list of Friends of The Natural Death Centre, including
like-minded individuals, and professionals involved in assisting with end of life care and making funeral arrangements.


It costs just £20.00* as an initial subscription, and then £2.00 a month thereafter (minimum12 months) to become part of this unique new community of people, united with the same desire - a better way of death.

* Please note that any non UK residents wishing to join the Society will be asked for an additional donation when joining to cover the costs of international postage of the Handbook.

All money received from subscriptions will be used to further the work of the Natural DeathCentre, funding our telephone Helpline, and helping us to reach people in need of our help and advice.



(If you are a UK Taxpayer and complete a Gift Aid declaration, your subscription will go 20% further! click here for gift aid form)


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We think Nicholas Albery would approve... 

Below, in the handwriting of the late founder of the Natural Death Centre, Nicholas Albery, is his writing 'Everybody needs a tribe'.

On the 21st anniversary of the founding of the charity, it is a fitting tribute to Nicholas that we are creating a new tribe - The Natural Death Society.

A transcript of Nicholas's words is underneath the photo.

'Everybody needs a tribe'


Josefine and I

drew a chart of our tribe

placing each person on the page

at whatever distance from us felt right

We argued about who to include

I think it should be anyone whose death

we would notice and regret

and who would be likely to react to our death in a similar way.


And now

whilst we're still alive

there is nothing more urgent

than to nurture and maintain

the community of those

who will miss us when we're


Nicholas Albery

July 22 1997



The New Natural Death Handbook fifth edition is out now, this book is a must read for everyone. Completely revised and expanded into a boxed set of three books... Read more

Credit to Will Whipple (photographer)



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