Blog Archives: January 2017

Infant Loss Conference London 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The tireless and indefatigable Dr. Chantal Lockey has been in touch with us at GFG Towers about the upcoming National Conference in Pregnancy and Infant Loss that she is organising, which is taking place in London in early March.

If you are a professional who works with bereaved parents in any capacity, or a parent who has been bereaved, this full day event looks hugely worthwhile attending. Tickets are still available if you are interested – all details here.

Chantal is particularly keen to receive nominations for funeral arrangers or funeral directors who have been exceptional in their work with an infant’s funeral. If you have a colleague or a staff member who you think has been outstanding when helping bereaved parents, there are just a few days left to nominate them.

Nominations close on Monday 6th February – e-mail Chantal directly if you think you know someone who deserves recognition for this incredibly difficult and sensitive aspect of the undertaker’s work – her contact details are info@chantallockey.co.uk

Fran will be attending the conference and presenting this award, so in the spirit of fairness and impartiality we aren’t able to nominate any of our fabulous recommended funeral directors ourselves, otherwise we would be busy doing so.

It’s over to you to send in the names of anyone you think should be considered for it.

Hope to see at least some of you there on the day.

 

 

No one ever dies in Seattle

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

A very Happy New Year to all our readers from the GFG Team. Here’s to all things funereal being fabulous in 2017.

We’ll begin the first blog post of this year with a small treat for you courtesy of our friends at West Seattle Death Café. They’ve been collecting many interesting euphemisms for death in the obituaries of local newspapers in Seattle for the last 13 years.

There’s the man who didn’t die but ‘decided it was time to reunite with his wife’; the man who didn’t die but ‘left his worries behind’; the lady who didn’t die but ‘passed away after enduring one flippin’ thing after another’ and George who also didn’t die but was ‘swept to heaven by the Lord’.

The collection is both fascinating and funny but we won’t spoil the surprise. Check it out for yourself on Instagram.

I recently found an exclusive section in Camberwell Old Cemetery for those who also didn’t die but were ‘called to higher service’.  Personally I’ve decided not to die but to earn my angel wings and relocate to heaven although I’m also tempted by the idea of being promoted to glory. 

What’s your favourite?  Where are you headed?