Charles Cowling
Celebrants gain all the important insights into funeral directors which are denied to clients. We get to find out what they’re really like, why they do it and whether they really care. So here’s a tip for all funeral consumers. When your celebrant has been to see you, and you’ve
Charles Cowling
It really has been a very quiet week in Funeralworld. Here are the choice cuts.   Peter the Wild Boy, never tamed, buried at Northchurch, Herts –http://bit.ly/gqRr3k   Green Burial Council code of standards. This is brand new, yes?http://bit.ly/geljsE   That eminently postponable problem: what to do with the ashes?
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
Here’s a fascinating tsunami-aftermath story in the Los Angeles Times. It examines this predicament: how do you mark a death in tradition-bound Japan with no body to cremate? One survivor, Shoichi Nakamura, has lost her brother. The lack of a body makes it difficult to have a proper osoushiki, or funeral
Charles Cowling
There’s a fine row brewing in Cork. The County Council has forbidden the public to dig graves themselves, something they have been doing since the dawn of time. Yes, it’s a health and safety thing. From now on graves may only be dug by those who have done the course.
Charles Cowling
The Centre of Death and Society at the University of Bath is perhaps the UK’s leading think tank in the field of DDD (death, dying and disposal). That statement is challengeable, of course, and might be disputed by excellent thinkers in the field at York, Sheffield, Winchester and Durham. What
Charles Cowling
From The Co-operative booklet (2011) My Legacy.  Ethical Strategy: Throughout the 20th century, people in the UK were limited to the choice of either burial or cremation when dealing with a loved one’s remains. Now, in the early part of the 21st century, The Co-operative Funeralcare is putting significant resources
Charles Cowling
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Charles Cowling
Exactly why East Staffordshire Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council, the representatives of the people of Buxton-upon-Trent, who are the owners of Bretby crematorium, should want to sell it on their behalf and without their say so, is a dark and nasty mystery. Bretby crem is profit-making, well run
Charles Cowling
Members of the Official Richard Sage Fan Club will be interested to learn that our unwearied superdork has resurfaced. Richard Who? Click on the Category at the end of this post to trigger a cascade of ordure. I can’t say exactly where he is — I must protect my source. But he