With the issue of funeral poverty (or funeral affordability) very much in the media, providing quality undertaking service at low cost is a goal that many businesses are aspiring to. There were eight finalists in this category, and all provide excellent value for money for their low cost funerals.
Direct cremation is a fast-growing area of the funeral sector, and there are many direct cremation companies opening around the UK, with most funeral directors providing direct cremation as an option. The runner up in this category is a quality provider of a direct cremation service, with ongoing telephone support
For such an important role, there were surprisingly few nominations in this category this year, resulting in just three finalists. The judges hope that next year far more celebrants and funeral directors will nominate these unsung heroes who oversee thousands of funerals each year, ensuring that everything goes to plan.
This category had a good field of entrants this year, with 13 finalists and entries citing facilities, environmental issues, service times, fees, bereavement services, training, events and grounds maintenance. Selecting a winner from among these entries was not easy, and the judges ended up with three deserving runners up which
This category could so easily be about the best kept lawn cemetery, or the most attractive natural burial ground, but this year the judges were unanimously persuaded by the passion of the manager who entered for the award in choosing the winner. Ultimately, it is the care and dedication of
The number of entries for this category again was under-representative of the many people who work so hard in this sector. Perhaps this is because of mechanization and use of machinery to prepare the majority of graves and a corresponding perceived lack of craftsmanship and care, but the winner
This category attracted the largest number of nominees and entries, resulting in almost 30 finalists. It is also the one the judges find most daunting to decide, as they know how important it is to be recognised for what can often be a very lonely role. Without exception, all finalists
Another category with a small number of finalists this year, it appears that clergy are reluctant to put themselves forward for an award, and that their colleagues forget to nominate them.. The two runners up in this category are both dedicated to their work, to the mysticism of their beliefs
All finalists in this category showed not only great floristry skills but also an understanding of the sensitivity needed to work with clients who have been bereaved. The importance of having a good working relationship with funeral directors is also paramount, and the judges took this into consideration when
Another category with just a small number of finalists this year, the coffin supplier of the year choice is very much influenced by the testimonials received from clients. Overwhelming support from many of the businesses supplied by one of the finalists meant that the judges were convinced they had a