UK 12th in world for cremation

The proportion of deaths in the UK that result in cremation is around the 12th highest proportion in the world, according to statistics compiled for The Cremation Society of Great Britain.

The figures gleaned from the society’s contacts in 77 countries and printed in full in the winter 2014 issue of its official journal Pharos International, show an estimated 436, 280 deaths in the UK in 2013 resulted in cremation.

Britons admit they're uncomfortable discussing bereavement

Almost half of Britons (47%) say they would feel uncomfortable talking to someone who has been recently bereaved, according to a new study.

The research also shows that significant numbers of bereaved people have experienced negative reactions to their grief, including people avoiding them and the loss of friendships.


Independent success down to continual learning and adaptability

Continual learning, assessment and adjusting to the times – these are the keys to being a successful independent funeral operator, according to Julian Walker, managing director of Reading family funeral firm AB Walker & Son and web-based memorial charity donation site Memory Giving.

“Continual learning and bringing in ideas from outside the industry – from other service industries and management perspectives – this is crucial in an environment that is changing,” he says.


Becky's the fourth generation

Becky Hillier has become the fourth generation to join her family’s 90-year-old funeral firm Hillier’s Funeral Directors in Swindon.

Becky's great-granddaughter Harold founded that company, her father Mark is managing director and her mother Val is company secretary and bereavement care co-ordinator. Becky believes that the business has benefited from remaining in the hands of one family unit for so long.

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

FSJ is well read by our target audience and we find it an effective medium for advertising
- J C Atkinson

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