Latest advice for funeral professionals – SAIF and NAFD updates
Funeral associations are receiving regular updates from Government with guidelines for the current pandemic. We will look to include the latest here whenever there is new information. The latest includes guidance for reintroducing limousine use; further SAIF guidance for funeral directors; fresh advice for Scotland and Wales; and DMAG guidance for burial and cremation authorities in England.
Return of church funerals welcomed
News that the Church of England is allowing funeral services to once again take place in their churches from today (15 June) has been welcomed by the UK’s largest funeral group, Co-op Funeralcare.
Warning issued over sub-standard face masks
Funeral professionals have been warned about poor quality face masks that do not give adequate protection, and are not CE marked.
‘I’m tackling this head on and finding a way I can help’ says terminally ill man
A 56-year-old man with terminal cancer spoke of his experience living with limited time during a global pandemic as part of ‘Dying Matters’ Week (11-17 May).
Funeral singers offer free videos for bereaved - and aim to raise hospice funds
The London Funeral Singers, an independent provider of professional singers, choirs and instrumentalists for funeral services around the UK, is offering those who could not have the funeral they wanted personalised video recordings as tribute to their loved ones, with all proceeds going to Hospice UK.
Advertisement Feature: Safe Hands go for funeral plans growth with £1m campaign
Agents selling Safe Hands funeral plans are set to benefit from a £1 million marketing campaign designed to encourage more people to take out a funeral plan.
Family business joins group after 110 years serving Merseyside
After 110 years serving Merseyside, Frank Dooley & Son Funeral Directors has become the latest business to join the Funeral Partners family of funeral homes, which now has more than 100 local businesses in its network across the UK.
Boost for dementia charity as calls ramp up to helpline
Charity Dementia UK has thanked Central England Co-op for a special donation that has helped it deal with a rise in calls to its helpline.
Prepaid funeral plan legislation to be laid before Parliament in autumn
The Government has announced the potential timing for the next stage of the transition to Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulation of prepaid funeral plans.
Mortality modelling research warns of second peak
Some regions of the UK could face a significant second peak of coronavirus deaths post-lockdown, accordingly to mortality modelling commissioned by the NAFD.
Restricted funeral services to continue
Given the continued importance of social distancing and the significant risk of a second peak of infections, there are no significant planned changes to funeral services in any part of the UK at the present time.