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The Longest Long List Ever

Friday, 5 August 2016

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The judges’ desks are looking not dissimilar to this…

Finally, we can reveal the successful contenders who have made The Long List for the 2016 Good Funeral Awards 

This year we have received more nominations than ever before, and with 24 categories, there are over 170 individuals or companies who will be considered for a chance to win one of the most covetable accolades in Funeralworld.

We don’t envy the judges their task this time around; the standard of entries is extraordinarily high, and the supporting testimonials that have been pouring in are heartfelt and often deeply grateful – many hundreds of people have taken the time to write in to tell us about the kindness, the skill or the care they received from their nominee when they were bereaved, and how much this meant to them.

Every letter or e-mail received in support of those named on the Long List will be handed over next week for the final decision making by the Good Funeral Awards judges, those eminences whose identities remain a closely guarded secret.

Their final choices of the winning entrants will be revealed at the glittering lunchtime Awards Ceremony on September 8th, which is being hosted by comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi at London’s grand Porchester Hall – an event made possible by the generosity of our main sponsor Funeralbooker,  a donation from our good friends at Greenfield Creations and the support of our individual category sponsors (shown  below).

Everyone is welcome to come along, whether or not you were nominated, or are on the 2016 Long List. The Good Funeral Awards are a day to celebrate the changing world of funerals and the wonderful people that inhabit it. And this year it’s going to be a very stylish occasion. Wear your best frocks. There will be cameras and journalists a-plenty; a London awards ceremony for the funeral industry is intriguing the media!

If you haven’t already booked your place at the best party in town, click here to order your ticket for the Awards Lunch, or e-mail us for an invoice.

And if you have made it to the 2016 Good Funeral Awards Long List, congratulations. Really, really well done. You should be immensely proud to see your name below.

 

The 2016 Good Funeral Awards Long List

1. Minister of the Year 

Revd. Canon Gill Behenna (Chaplain among Deaf people in the Diocese of Bristol)

Revd. Kate Bottley (Vicar of the churches of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill and Chaplain to North Notts College)

Revd. Richard Mitchell (formerly of the Parish Church of St. Paul, Shurdington, now Canon Precentor at Gloucester Cathedral)

Revd. Melanie Toogood (Former Vicar of St. George & All Saints, Tufnell Park)

2. Celebrant of the Year (sponsored by Civil Ceremonies Ltd.)

May Andrews

John Banks

Tina Bowden

Gill Coltman

Janice Cubis

Emma Curtis

Christine Cuzick

Tiu De Haan

Tamara Dickson

Rebecca Dinsdale

Victoria Fisher

Stevie Glover

Diana Gould

Vashti Hodge

Pauline Hyde Coomber

Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

Jane Morgan

Kate Spohrer

Rosemarie Teece

Frances Tulley

Claire Turnham

Angela (Basira) Ward

Sally Ward

Pat Winslow

3. Embalmer of the Year

Steve Fooks

Andy Holder

Angie McLachlan

Matthew Newton

4. Coffin Supplier of the Year (sponsored by ECoffins)

Colourful Coffins

Greenfield Creations

J. C. Atkinson

Musgrove Willows

5. Florist of the Year

Colonnade Florist

Dazzle Me Daisy Do

Debbie Western Flowers

Flower Workshop

Flowers By Susan

Flowers on Main Street

Louise Taylor Flowers

Inspired Flower Design

Old English Rose

Passionate Flowers

Flowers By Rosie Orr

Tuckshop Flowers

6. Gravedigger of the Year

Ivor Davies (Caerphilly County Borough Council)

Martin House (Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground)

Will Pearce

D. T. H. Burial & Churchyard Service

7. Cemetery of the Year

Blandford Cemetery

Dewstow Cemetery

Eden Valley Woodland Burial Ground

Greenacres Woodland Burials Chiltern

Higher Ground Meadow

Moulton Cemetery

Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery

Porchester Memorial Gardens

St. Woolos Cemetery

8. Crematorium of the Year (sponsored by Scattering Ashes)

Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff

Gwent Crematorium

Kettering Crematorium

Mortlake Crematorium

Redditch Crematorium

9. Best Internet Bereavement Resource

Death Goes Digital

Funeral Stationery 4U

Muchloved

Once I’ve Gone

Social Embers

The Grief Geek

10. Best Funeral Caterer

Claret Catering

Rocket Catering

Tamworth Co-operative Funeral Service

Tea & Sympathy

11. Best Alternative to a Hearse

Bon Voyage Citroen Hearse

Harrison Funeral Home Electric Vehicle

Leverton’s Eco-Hearse

Morris Minor Hearse

Respect Bentley

12. Best Green Funeral Product

Bellacouche Leaf Shroud

Brahms Electric Hearse

Eco Urns

Respect EveryBody Shroud

Sacred Stones

Secure Haven

13. Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death (sponsored by Final Fling)

Lucy Coulbert

Jane Duncan Rogers

Lucy Talbot & Sarah Troop

Claire Turnham

Sandy Weatherburn

Beyond Goodbye

Bristol Culture

Tamworth Co-operative Funeral Service

The Corpse Project

The Natural Death Centre Charity

14. Best Maker of Hand Carved Memorials in an Indigenous Material

Bierton & Woods

The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

Stoneletters

15. Low Cost Funeral Provider of the Year

Coulbert Family Funerals

Evelyn’s Funerals

Funerals on a Budget

Only With Love

Express-Burials & Express Cremations

Secure Haven Cremations

Wallace Stuart Funeral Directors

16. Green Funeral Director of the Year (sponsored by The Association of Green Funeral Directors)

Higher Ground Family Funerals

Only With Love

The Green Funeral Company

Woodland Wishes

17. Funeral Arranger of the Year

Angela Bailey at Harrison Funeral Home

Emma Fisher at Colin Fisher Funeral Directors

Sarah Lee of Holmes & Family Funeral Directors

Sarah Wolsey at Daniel Ross Funerals Ltd.

18. Most Promising New Funeral Director (sponsored by The Church of England)

Chloe Middleton (Rosedale Funeral Home)

C. S. Boswell Independent Family Funeral Services

Compassionate Funerals

Crumpton Rudd

Dandelion Farewells

Divine Ceremony

Edd Frost & Daughters

Final Journey Funeral Directors

The Modern Funeral

Youngs Independent Funeral Services

19. Modern Funeral Director of the Year (sponsored by The Natural Death Centre Charity)

A Natural Undertaking

Albany Funerals

Bewley & Merrett

Compassionate Funerals

Harmony Funeral Care

Harrison Funeral Home

Heart & Soul Funerals

Mark Catchpole

Only With Love

Respect Direct Funeral Services

Tamworth Co-operative Funeral Service

The Individual Funeral Company

Town & Country Funeral Directors

Wallace Stuart Funeral Directors

20. Traditional Funeral Director of the Year (sponsored by A. R. Adams Funeral Directors)

David Crayton of John Lucas Funerals

Suzan Davies of Abbey Funeral Services

Oliver Holmes of Holmes & Family Funeral Directors

Albany Funerals

Leverton & Sons

Tamworth Co-operative Funeral Service

The Individual Funeral Company

Trevor E. W. Hickton Ltd.

Wallace Stuart Funeral Directors

21. Most Innovative Death Public Engagement Event

Louise Winter

Bristol Culture

Brum YODO

London Society of Death

Respect Drivers Pageant

22. Mortuary Assistant or Team of the Year (including Anatomical Pathology Technicians)

Wayne Day at T. E. W. Hickson Ltd.

Lara-Rose Iredale at Guys & St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Louise Milligan at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Hannah Nutbeem at Heart & Soul Funeral Directors

The team at The John Radcliffe Hospital

23. Crematorium Assistant of the Year

Steve Biggs at Mortlake Crematorium

Roy Paget at Solihull Bereavement Services

Gary Paterson at Breakspear Crematorium

Paul Rayner at Solihull Bereavement Services

Carolyne Reeve at Teesside Crematorium

The entire team at Golders Green Crematorium

The entire team at Redditch Crematorium

24. Lifetime Achievement Award

Nicholas Albery (posthumously)

Anne Barber

Anne Beckett-Allen

Lucy Coulbert

Howard Hodgson

Rosie Inman-Cook

Susan Morris

Richard Putt

Josefine Speyer

Susan Thompson

Jon Underwood

Tony Walter

 

19 comments on “The Longest Long List Ever

  1. Tuesday 30th August 2016 at 10:14 am

    Honoured to be considered for the Celebrant of the Year title.
    Good luck to all nominees in all categories!

  2. Monday 22nd August 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Just reading through the long list of nominations. Congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist.

    As an independent co-operative I am pleased to see that Tamworth Co-operative has been nominated, congratulations Amanda.

    24 celebrants but only 4 ministers? Surprised that not more ministers have been nominated (or at least reached the shortlist) and perhaps more diversity as the few that have made the list look to be all Church of England.

    I look forward to reading about the Awards Ceremony

  3. Monday 15th August 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Well done to everyone on the list, can’t wait til September Love Lel and Sarah x

  4. Thursday 11th August 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Wow!

    There are a great number of amazing people up for Lifetime Achievements Awards. I feel honoured and much humbled to be listed with you! What fun!

  5. David Homer, DTH Grave Digging services

    Thursday 11th August 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, Nominated for Grave Digger of the year!! what an honour that would be to be awarded such a well respected title. Fingers crossed!!
    I pride myself on doing a good job for those I serve as my work is an extension of the funeral directors services. If my grave s were not perfect, then this would reflect on the funeral firm who has engaged me.

  6. Amanda Woodward

    Thursday 11th August 2016 at 4:08 pm

    As a small independent local Co-operative Society (Tamworth) we are proud and pleased to have been nominated. look forward to meeting like minded people and companies. Good Luck to everyone.

  7. Thursday 11th August 2016 at 10:53 am

    Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and long listed. I feel really honoured to be on the long list for a life time achievement award, but also nice to be associated with such top notch memorial masons, florists, funeral directors and celebrants. I’m really looking forward to the award ceremony, I’ve been to events that Fran has organised before so I know we’ll be in for a treat. Well done everyone and well done to all the judges too, it must have been mighty hard work!

  8. Thursday 11th August 2016 at 7:32 am

    Congratulations to everyone nominated, I am feeling very proud to be included and looking forward to a great event. Good luck everyone.

  9. Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 7:54 pm

    So happy to be on the very long list of funeral celebrants nominees….congratulations to everyone on the list, and well deserved everyone…

  10. Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Honoured to be long list nominated for Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death.

    We are presently immersed in the making of our next film : a feature documentary working title The Good Grief Project to be completed later this year. Wish us luck. We need it!

  11. Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 8:57 am

    Exciting to see so many people swimming in the pool. Should be a great event on the 8th.

  12. Richard Putt

    Monday 8th August 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Deeply privileged and so proud to be still serving amazing families. Helping to a difderence for the last 46 years and counting. Being part of the formidable Natural Death Centre Team, being my abiding sheer joy and inspiration.
    Thank you. Josefine, Susan, Rosie, Tracy, Lara and Ru. Bless you Charles Cowling and Fran. Honoured to be on this incredible list – made it!!

    • Andrew Rush

      Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 9:19 am

      …even if you have gone over to The Dark Side!

  13. Monday 8th August 2016 at 10:04 am

    Very proud to have been nominated – thank you.
    Cant wait to see everyone at this amazing event.

    • Sandy lammond

      Friday 12th August 2016 at 7:49 pm

      Really hope your recognised for your kind understanding of what people go through at the end of there journey,woodland wishes is a amazing place x

  14. Monday 8th August 2016 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations to everyone nominated! Can’t wait to celebrate with you all on 8th September.

  15. Sunday 7th August 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Wow!! Feeling honoured and excited to be nominated this year and especially proud to see so many members of our Home Funeral Network on this long list. Congratulations and good luck to all X

  16. Sunday 7th August 2016 at 2:31 pm

    What an amazing long list! Really proud and honoured to be among such amazing companies and people.
    Look forward to the awards lunch so see you all.

  17. Saturday 6th August 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Congratulations to all the nominees. It’s so great to see so many people / companies from the natural death movement taking funerals forward.

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