Charles Cowling
  Here at the GFG we’ve been banging on about our community volunteering scheme for some time — here and here for starters.  The scheme is designed to address short- and medium-term practical problems facing bereaved people in the aftermath of a death. It promotes community engagement and a neighbourly duty
Charles Cowling
Imam Ahmed Megharbi and Rev Isaac Poobalan in St John’s Episcopal Church, Aberdeen   Q: What’s Big Money to do? The industry big beasts, Dignity and Co-op, can’t make scale pay except by hiking prices (this may be incompetence). And funeral plans are beginning to look… well, decidedly subprime.  A: Burn, baby,
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale I am a celebrant of the tribe of IOCF (lapsed). We have a short creed that describes a Civil Funeral, it goes: A Civil Funeral is driven by the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson After her funeral service at St Paul’s Cathedral last week, Margaret Thatcher was driven to Mortlake Crematorium in west London before the committal of her ashes alongside her beloved Denis at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Mortlake is a pleasant 1930s building surrounded by peaceful, landscaped gardens.
Charles Cowling
  James Hardcastle of The Carriagemaster has enjoyed ‘strong successes’ with his self-drive hearse, a venture to which the teeming team here at the GFG-Batesvile Shard has given its unanimous and enthusiastic backing. No one ever went wrong, we like to say (over and over, the record shows), who sought
Charles Cowling
Where you die when you go to Dignitas   Sarah Wootton, chief exec of Dignity in Dying, wrote in Friday’s Times about the case of Paul Lamb, who wants to be allowed to die:   Dignity in Dying is not fighting for an unfettered right to die, but for the right
Charles Cowling
  Walter Harrison was born on the coal barge Baron in July 1921. He lived on the canal for 30 years and worked on the waterways for much of his life. Family and friends of the pensioner, known as Wally, followed the coffin along the towpath. Full story here. 
Charles Cowling
  We’ve written about Chuck Lakin here before. He’s a retired librarian and active woodworker with a line in plain pine coffins. Above all, he’s a lovely guy.  He recently held a make-your-own-coffin workshop in his home town of Waterville, Maine.  No one came.  Lakin, 67, said he had planned
Charles Cowling
  There are six Rosedale funeral homes. Headquartered in Diss, they straddle the Norfolk-Suffolk border. This is a gentle, conservative part of the world. If you’ve not been for thirty years or so, you’ll find it exactly as it was. Rosedale is headed up by Anne-Beckett-Allen. She was brought up in the
Charles Cowling
  “This was a funeral that celebrated unity. Like all other funerals. That bloody box: the awful finality: the dreadful unduckable certainty that life has to come to an end. So of course it was the same today. We knew she was dead, and all of us, no matter how