Jan 17

The Resurrection shuffle

A landmark legal case has put body preservation process Cryonics in the spotlight. But what is it, will it work and is it the future…?

Dignity launches nationwide direct cremation service

Dignity plc is launching a nationwide direct cremation service at its 44 crematoria.

Called Simplicity Cremations, the service will be a simple, low-cost unattended cremation – the type of low-key service chosen by David Bowie for his funeral early last year – and will be priced at £1,495.

Hymns fall from favour with over 50s

New research by financial services company SunLife has found that 82% of people over 50 don’t want a hymn at their funeral.

The same survey also found that Always look on the bright side of life by Monty Python is the song most would choose.

Joanne makes awards final

Joanne Hutsby, a partner in Gillotts Funeral Directors, Nottingham, was named as a finalist in an award scheme aimed at celebrating women in business.

Joanne made a shortlist of three in the Female Executive of the Year category of the Women in Business awards run by her local newspaper, the Nottingham Post.

December 2016

Coffins create community

A coffin-decorating club in New Zealand has done more for its members than just helping them to save money on their final farewells...

Funeral debt nears £150m

Funeral debt in the UK has risen to £147m, according to a new report, as people borrow from friends and family or the bank to fund the last wishes of loved ones.

Free photography session for independents

Funeralbooker is offering independent funeral directors a free professional photography session to boost their marketing appeal.

Jo makes business awards shortlist

Jo Loveridge of Albany Funerals, Maidstone made the 22-strong list of finalists in the 14th annual NatWest Everywoman Awards, which celebrate female business owners.

November 2016

October 2016

Demystifying death

An eclectic line-up of events and activities took place at Sutton House in Hackney East London throughout October, encouraging people to reflect on life, death and the journey between the two. Mary Carmichael investigates …

FPA dealing with hundreds of cases

The Funeral Planning Authority (FPA) says it is dealing with hundreds of cases a year – eight to 10 a week – helping families to trace pre-paid funerals. 

Book offers chance to create personal messages to pass on to loved ones

The loss of close family, together with a friend’s diagnosis, inspired a swimming teacher from Cambridgeshire to come up with the idea for a book that lets people share personal messages and memories with their family and friends, and even future generations.

Ian continues green drive

Ian Hazel is continuing his quest to make his eponymous business as green as possible.

August 2016

Death comes to the Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (5-29 August) will be featuring several shows coming under the umbrella of Death on the Fringe.

Co-op first to sign enhanced pledge

Co-op Funeralcare has become the first funeral firm to sign up to an enhanced Fair Funerals pledge to improve the way funeral directors’ prices are displayed online.

Supplier 'improves employees’ lives'

Julian Atkinson, MD of coffin company JC Atkinson, recently visited the Bangladesh home of supplier Oasis Coffins, and has agreed new deals to expand production there.

Family award for Anderson Macguire

Anderson Maguire Funeral Directors has won the health and welfare title in the Family Business United Awards (FBU) 2016.

July 2016

Reaction to funeral directors overwhelmingly positive

Voices of angels – ‘about more than just price’

Jeremy takes the helm at NAFD

June 2016

Call to visit war graves

Ashes to ashes to art

GFC's accreditation 'helps firm stand out'

Six of the best for Walter C Parson

May 2016

Co-op sees 60% increase in online funeral planning

A snap decision

Now FDs can create own branded service sheets and online memorials

'Unique and privileged position', says SAIF president

Issue 49

April 2016

Credit card and payday loans for funerals

Can costs be cut?

Organisation aims to honour veterans

Golf day raises £15,000 for charity

February 2016

Simple steps would improve system says NAFD

Change in attitude to cremated remains

Solution to awkwardness at graveside

Oliver recognised for outstanding customer care

November 2016