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.
Maori couple a Netflix hit
A Maori couple in New Zealand who felt drawn in their early 20s to start their own funeral business in the capital Auckland have become unlikely Netflix stars.
Holocaust survivors attend unknown remains burial
More than 1,000 people attended a funeral for six unknown Auschwitz victims whose remains were donated to a museum, with some 34 Holocaust survivors accompanying the casket to the burial site.
Wales: detectorist unearths Iron Age ritual haul
Parts of an Iron Age chariot found by a metal detectorist have been declared treasure by the Pembrokeshire coroner, reports the BBC.
New crematorium includes electric charging point
Westerleigh Group opened its 32nd Crematorium late last year at Fladbury near Evesham in rural Worcestersire.
Funeral customs: Crestone, Colorado
The mountain town where open air cremation is legal, thanks to the End-of-Life Project ...
Scots encouraged to 'pay forward' a funeral
Scotland’s only charity-owned funeral director ran a Christmas fundraising campaign to support bereaved families.
Funeral sitcom Morbid pilot now online
Twelve years ago, Michael Dee wrote a sitcom set in the world of funeral directing, entitled Morbid. The independent actor, writer and filmmaker filed it away as a project for another day.
How can funeral directors help shape CMA probe?
Trudy Feaster-Gee and Richard Butterworth from Walker Morris LLP give their view
Funeral customs: Switzerland
Throughout Europe, funeral customs differ from country to country, and Switzerland is no different to this, standing out as one of the countries with a high rate of cremation – around 80 per cent.
Dying Matters 2019 - are we ready?
For the last couple of years, Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged us all to answer a question: What Can You Do? How can we help ourselves, or families and our communities face up to death and bereavement?
Lions launch new child bereavement resource
Crewkerne funeral director Tracey Warren from Stoodley & Son was among those invited to attend the launch of Life Changes 2, a new resource from the Lions Club aimed at funeral directors and those working with bereaved children and young people.
First female chief appointed by Central England Co-op
Central England Co-operative has announced the appointment of Debbie Robinson as the Society’s new Chief Executive – the first female Chief Executive appointed in the Society’s history.
Resting Places at Christmas: Finland
For most people, Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends with food and gifts. For many Finnish families visiting the local cemetery on Christmas Eve is very much a part of Christmas rituals.
School hosts sessions tackling death taboo
Youngsters in Burton have been talking to a funeral manager and a local vicar about bereavement in an effort to end the taboo around talking about dying.
Koffin start-up uses 3D printing
Liverpool start-up Koffin is using advanced material testing and 3D printing technology to help create its first batch of customisable eco-coffins, with support from business programme LCR 4.0.
50 years for fittings specialists
Flying the flag for British-made coffin handles are Herefordshire-based James and Williams Ltd, and the company celebrate 50 years involvement in the funeral industry this year.
Funeral customs: Mexico's Day of the Dead
Find out how marigolds, tequila and sea shells all have their part to play in the extraordinary riot of colour that is Mexico's Day of the Dead ...
Exploring a good death
This year’s Ideal Death Show and Good Funeral Awards, championed and organised by Brian Jenner, took place in Bournemouth. Editor Russ Bravo went along for the ride
Manchester street named after war hero
A new street in Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been named in honour of a fallen war hero killed in action in Afghanistan.
Shirley relaunch for David and team
Staff at Central England Co-op plus guests gathered recently to mark the relaunch of a funeral home in Stratford Road, Shirley in Solihull.
Taking the Lead: the Quaker
Sharon Barnard talks to funeral advisor Gilly Lee who has been serving the West Somerset Area Meeting for the last 10 years
Design innovators create burial pods
Italian company Capsula Mundi has introduced organic, biodegradable burial pods as an eco-friendly solution to the ongoing issue of full cemeteries and burial grounds.
Crowd-funded headstone for William Blake
A two-year amateur investigation to locate the exact place where the poet William Blake was buried resulted in a grand unveiling of a new crowd-funded headstone recently.
Tutors target more flexible training
Two East Anglian tutors have teamed up to make the Diploma in Funeral Directing more accessible to students that feel they are too busy to commit to intensive studying.
'99% of funeral homes turned me away'
Funeral care professional and bereavement counsellor Lianna Champ, who became the youngest qualified female funeral director in the country in the 1980s, explains what’s changed for women, and why she’s written a book about grieving. Sharon Barnard reports
Brompton cemetery in £6.2m restoration
A £6.2m investment has restored and conserved Brompton Cemetery in West London, revealing architectural splendour, uncovering hidden heritage gems and preserving a historic landscape and a wildlife haven for communities in a densely-populated part of the capital.
Merton schools resourced to help bereaved children
More than 40 Merton primary schools are to be given free guidance on how to support suddenly bereaved children.
Rare bears to help us remember
Meet Mr Ted E. Bear, member of the Royal Bear Force, who takes centre stage in a very special Remembrance Day window display from Colourful Coffins.