Sharing the cost
Peter Toulson’s funeral wasn’t particularly unusual. It took place in a chapel at Leeds's Lawnswood Crematorium, and included a mid-range coffin, Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve, and tributes and stories from friends. However, it was paid for people who were pretty much strangers.
Crazy Coffins at the Southbank
Bespoke coffin company Crazy Coffins made a special appearance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
A dozen of its creations – including a ballet shoe, a skip and a Viking longship – were on display as part of the Belief and Beyond Belief festival running at the Southbank Centre throughout 2017.
Glasgow has poorest life expectancy
Scotland as a whole has the poorest life expectancy of any of the UK nations, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with Glasgow showing the lowest of any area.
Scotland recorded 1,177 deaths per 100,000 of population in 2015, compared to England's rate of 989.6.
Sharing approach builds community
A family funeral firm in Country Durham has developed a programme of community activities that gives their business a social focus.
Valerie Greenwood: obituary
Valerie Greenwood, one of the best-known funeral arrangers in the southeast has passed away.
Valerie, a linch-pin of Surrey’s Alan Greenwood & Sons Funeral Directors, collapsed suddenly while at work, and died later in St George's Hospital Tooting. She was 64.