Founded in 1999 by Rupert Callender, and joined by Claire Callender-Phillips, the pair created a genuinely unique, immersive way of working that combines the practical work of an undertaker with the ceremonial holding of a good priest.

Established in 1999

Rupert Callender

“ With your kindness, respect, professionalism and comforting advice, I was able to organise a dignified yet intimate goodbye for my dad with a strength he would have been proud of.”



Inspired by a chance encounter with the charity The Natural Death Centre, Rupert realised that being an undertaker was his vocation, and drawing on his experiences as a bereaved child, as well as running around the hospice where his mother worked, The Green Funeral Company’s radical ethos was formed almost instantly, and is constantly evolving ever since.

Rupert has gone on to become an author and public speaker, editing the 5th edition of The Natural Death Handbook, and he and Claire Phillips have been written about in 9 non fiction books, and did a TED X talk together entitled, “Death, grief, ritual and Radical Funerals.Rupert started The Green Funeral Company in 1999, with no previous experience of the industry or family connections to the trade, but an awful lot of experience of bereavement at a young age, particularly the early death of his parents, and the unsatisfactory funerals that followed.

Established in 1999

Claire Burton

“ With your kindness, respect, professionalism and comforting advice, I was able to organise a dignified yet intimate goodbye for my dad with a strength he would have been proud of.”

Claire came to The Green Funeral Company in April 2021. Her background has been in Occupational Therapy and Home Care, supporting older people within the community.

These roles have given her an insight into the many faces of death and the experiences of those who approach it. Having attended many funerals held by Ru and Claire, and been inspired by their truth and ability to capture the true essence of the individual, she was honoured to join the company.

"Rupert and Claire helped me through the hardest day of my life with caring and empathy that I had not thought to find in a funeral company"

JANE TURNBULL
Claire and Rupert are leading the new way of dealing with death and I cannot recommend them highly enough.