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 update includes new Public Health England guidelines for handling COVID-19 deceased, push to speed up social fund funeral payment decisions, PPE availability, the new DMAG website, Northern Ireland funeral director virus testing and media coverage of the current pandemic ...
Funeral directors oppose any ban on funeral services
A ban on funeral services would cause untold misery for bereaved families and do little to prevent the spread of coronavirus, say funeral directors.
Funeral directors are being treated like ‘forgotten emergency service’
Funeral directors say they have been treated like the “forgotten emergency service”, with a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) leaving them ill-prepared to safely handle an increase in deaths from coronavirus.
Central England Co-op announces new measures to keep colleagues and families safe
Central England Co-op Funeralcare has announced a range of new measures to keep colleagues and families safe as they help people prepare to say goodbye to their loved ones.
Mourners limited to immediate family only
A group of seven organisations representing the funeral, burial and cremation sector has issued joint guidance on the number of mourners attending funerals following the Government’s announcement on limiting attendance to immediate family only.
Company offers deep cleaning expertise
An innovative company is pulling out all the stops to come to the aid of the NHS in its hour of need, as medics throughout the country battle the coronavirus outbreak.
Two-stage funerals could meet national and individual needs
As representatives of the funeral sector met regularly with UK Government ministers over the last few weeks, Pure Cremation says a new style of funeral in which a commemoration is held at a later date could serve as a useful blueprint for the nation in order to achieve socially-responsible farewells in the current crisis.
I Love My Job – The vintage hearse driver
Meet Brendan Kinsella from Kent who has converted the family’s 91-year-old Guy lorry to take people on their final journey. Sharon Barnard reports
Grandfather of cremation inspiration for Downey's Doolittle
Hollywood star Robert Downey Jnr has revealed his inspiration for attempting a Welsh accent in playing Dr Doolittle in the latest big screen remake was in fact eccentric 19th century doctor and archdruid William Price, seen as the grandfather of cremation in the UK.
Chance funeral order discovery boosts charity
The Epilepsy Society received a huge donations boost after a woman who found a funeral order of service for a 21-year-old epileptic woman shared it on social media, reports the BBC.
Swindon funeral directors back CofE footballers
Pearce Funeral Services have announced that they are the main sponsor of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s men’s football team for 2020.
All the king’s horses: Karen’s biggest day yet
Champion carriage driver Karen Bassett tells Sharon Barnard about her sixth sense with horses – and the day she took King Richard III to his final resting place …
LifeArt appoints Central Co-op man as chief exec
LifeArt UK has appointed one of the funeral profession’s leading figures to oversee a period of growth, as the business seeks to increase the adoption of greener coffins in the British and Irish markets.
Seminar aims to make end of life chats easier
A seminar focused on the importance of conversation and planning in end of life care is being held for palliative and end of life care workers at a Bristol cemetery.
‘Addams Family’ funeral directors wins residents’ support
With its wonky roof and midnight colour scheme, the once-neglected building at the bottom of Raynville Road, Bramley, Leeds, looks like something straight out of The Addams Family – at least that’s what locals think.
I Love My Job – The Stonemason
Jonny Rayfield runs Rayfield Stonemasonry which is situated on the borders of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Sharon Barnard reports.
Obituary - Henry Keizer
It was with great sadness that I heard the news that Henry Keizer died on 5 October 2019, writes Westerleigh Group Ambassador Alan Jose.
Celebrities chat in new podcast about death
Marie Curie has launched On the Marie Curie Couch, a podcast series where celebrities explore how they feel about their mortality and how bereavement has shaped their lives.
Business leader award for Matthew Lymn Rose
At the 10th Midlands Family Business Awards, Matthew Lymn Rose was awarded Next Generation Family Business Leader 2019.
Therapy dogs: 'You can really feel the tension leaving the room'
A friendly dog can be a huge help to grieving families, say two funeral directors whose own pets have become much loved and valued members of staff. Sharon Barnard reports
Bereaved parents fill Coventry Cathedral
Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors helped organise a memorial service at Coventry Cathedral for over 150 bereaved families who had lost a baby.
Tributes paid to legendary soul music specialist
Legendary record dealer and soul music specialist John Anderson died recently aged 70, and his humanist funeral was held at Roucan Loch Crematorium and Woodland Burial site in Dumfries.
New funeral site opens in Moseley
Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has officially opened a new and innovative funeral site in Birmingham.
Opting for the eco choice
As many consumers focus on green living and reducing their carbon footprint, it’s only natural that we’re seeing an increase in eco-funerals. Gareth Coles, director of Coles Funeral Directors, discusses the latest options available and why more of us should consider offering more green options.
Murdered girl remembered 100 years on
A memorial service was held at a Greater Manchester cemetery 100 years on from the murder of a 12-year-old girl.
Purr-fect send off: Paddy the Chief Moggy Mourner
Paddy, an eight-year-old ginger tom cat, is laying claim to the title of Chief Moggy Mourner, as he’s thought to have attended more than 100 funerals over the years.
Black Country funeral director in Parliamentary Review
Funeral director H. Porter & Sons from Stourbridge has appeared in the 2019 Parliamentary Review, a key business publication that celebrates innovation and acts as a useful guide to industry for policymakers.
Total job satisfaction for embalming duo
Embalmers Vicki Nation and Gaynor Nevitt are often the last people to care for the deceased. And it’s a role the friends regard as a huge privilege, they tell Sharon Barnard
Historic Kenilworth memorial is restored
A Kenilworth memorial to 17th century paupers is back on Warwick Road after being removed and restored by Henry Ison & Sons Funeral Directors.
Winners announced at National Celebrants' Awards
Highgate House near Northampton proved a popular venue for this year’s National Celebrants’ Convention and Awards Dinner, with celebrants from across the UK in attendance, writes Russ Bravo.
Finance to help your business grow
The beginning of September saw a double celebration at Funeral Director Finance. Not only was it director Iain Dangerfield’s big 50, it was also a celebration of 30 years working in the banking and finance sector.
Barrow boys turn back the clock
Toby Angel, Managing Director of Sacred Stones Ltd, tells Sharon Barnard how his business is helping to meet the growing demand for barrows as final resting places for cremation ashes
Plans to improve crematoria checks accelerate
At this year’s Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA) conference Kate Davidson from The Crematoria and Memorial Group (CMG) set out the progress of an industry initiative that seeks to strengthen inspection procedures in the crematoria sector, replacing the previous informal audit process.
Wales: opportunity to "shape Medical Examiner Service"
Dr Jason Shannon has been appointed Lead Medical Examiner for Wales.
More than a job: new man heads up Albert Marsh
Highly experienced funeral director Jon Rust – who joined the profession after a family tragedy – has been appointed manager of Albert Marsh Funeral Directors in Wareham and Upton.
Dr Bill Webster receives British Citizen’s Award
For more than 35 years Dr Bill Webster has built a strong reputation for his work on grief and bereavement, presenting many seminars and providing grief support resources across the country. Now, he has received a special British Citizen Award (BCAh for services to healthcare) in recognition of his efforts.
Is social media the future of grief?
Traditionally if a loved one passes away; we send a sympathy card to their family, writes Sarah Seaton. But these days, in the age of social media, we see an increasing number of public Facebook messages on people's profiles for grieving friends and relatives.
Card game helps people talk about death
A new card game launched by Huunuu is helping people have important conversations about death, dying and funerals.
Good Funeral Awards 2019: who are you nominating?
The AGFD Good Funeral Awards will be held this year at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Hythe, Kent, on 19 October – hosted by the Association of Green Funeral Directors.
New football urn looks a winner
A stunning wooden urn made in the shape of a football is proving a winner for Colourful Coffins.
Boot Hill – the cowboys' final resting place
If you trawl back through old Western movies, you will inevitably come across Boot Hill.
Queen breaks Royal tradition
Her Majesty the Queen was due to break royal tradition earlier this month by attending the funeral of one of her most loyal and long-serving members of staff.
Dying in the Ditch: church gets people talking
Up to 20 people a month have been gathering at a local pub to talk about death and bereavement.
Stephen Brown: new independents in Blyth
Now open for business on Bridge Street in Blyth, Northumberland, are Stephen Brown Funeral Services, looking to provide a service that is professional and caring, with a friendly face.
Talk to someone you can trust
You can’t care for others if you don’t look after yourself. Mental health matters acutely for funeral professionals, says Catherine Betley
Ireland: mortician to open water cremation centre
A former mortician is planning to open the first Irish facility offering water cremations, reports The Cremation Society of Great Britain newsletter.
Special opportunity to talk about death
A special event aimed at encouraging High Peak people to talk about death, dying, bereavement and loss took place at Blythe House Hospicecare in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
Forward-looking rebrand for Neville
Neville Funeral Service has revealed a new company name and branding as part of the firm’s ongoing growth and development. The 140-year-old independent family firm has eight branches across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Resting Places: St Andrews Cathedral, Fife
Relics, a dramatic setting – and a place in golfing history: the old cathedral of St Andrew in Fife, Scotland, along with its ancient graveyard, has it all ...
Plymouth event supports families affected by suicide
Around 20 Plymouth funeral directors have taken part in an event which hopes to give more guidance and support to families left grieving after their loved ones have taken their own lives.
D-Day veteran Glenville laid to rest
One of the last airborne veterans of the D-Day landings has been laid to rest, reports the BBC.
Books that help bereaved children
As a new wave of emotional wellbeing books for children hits the market, meet Clare Shaw, an author of therapeutic stories covering tricky subjects such as bereavement.