Agreement on coffin testing closer

Coffin suppliers and the cremation sector have moved closer to agreement on a test regime for coffins after the Funeral Furnishings Manufacturers Association (FFMA) and cremation societies discussed exact pass and fail criteria.

The test protocol was agreed a few months ago, but some issues remained, particularly on what exactly should constitute a ‘pass’.

Rigorous inspections for pet crematoria

The Association of Private Pet Cemeteries and Crematoria is introducing a system of independent inspections to boost public confidence in the pet funeral industry.

The APPCC says the move has been prompted by press reports about owners’ distress when pets have been treated as waste instead of being given a dignified send-off.


NDC opens burial ground

Then Natural Death Centre (NDC) has opened its first natural burial ground – at Eden Valley in Kent.

The charity has established the cemetery to demonstrate best practice and train prospective green cemetery managers from the UK and abroad, as well as to offer an affordable option for bereaved local families.


From punk band to pall bearer – Funeralcare’s 1000th apprentice

The Co-operative Funeralcare is celebrating the recruit of its 1000th apprentice, as it commits to continue to recruit an apprentice a day during 2015.

And the apprentice in question – dad of two Jon Richards – comes from an unconventional background; he was a singer in a punk band.

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