Funeral costs rise outstripping house prices

The cost of an average, basic funeral in the UK has increased by 3.9%, reveals new research by insurance company Royal London.

The average funeral is now £3,702 - up £140 from 2014, with costs rising almost as rapidly as house prices since 1980 ...

Floral tribute requests revealed

A model of horror film villain Freddy Krueger and a half-submerged crocodile have been among the top 10 strangest funeral flower arrangement requests, according to a survey of funeral directors.

Wilcox Limousines questioned 214 funeral directors to find out the oddest things they’d encountered in their work, and unearthed some unusual requests ...


Sculptor creates unique wire memorial tributes

A Suffolk sculptor has come up with a unique concept in memorial tributes – bespoke sculptures made from the likes of stainless steel and copper wire.

Becki Manns’ company, Magical Daydreams Sculpting sells bespoke sculptures worldwide, using materials such as stainless steel, aluminium mesh, coloured copper wire, knitted wire and various gemstone beads to create bespoke sculptures for the home, garden or business ...


Five minutes with…

Harvey Thomas is chairman of the Council of the Cremation Society of Great Britain and the London Cremation Company, and an international public relations consultant.

He has also worked for evangelist Billy Graham and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and was staying in the Brighton Grand Hotel in October 1984 when a bomb went off ...

The vast majority of our enquiries come as a result of our ad in the FSJ
- Rodney Crouch, Passages International Inc. Ltd

We have used pretty well all of the magazines associated with the Funeral Industry since we started over 30 years ago and the FSJ is the only one to give us continuous response.
- Graham Mosey, Crowndeed

At Eulogica Ltd we are constantly measuring the performance of our advertising and we are very happy with the results from the FSJ
- Svein Mytting Eulogica Ltd