Fran Hall
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
Fran Hall
‘The judges decided to introduce an additional award not listed as a category in the 2017 awards, in response to an entry for the Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death. This award is going to a product which, in the judges’ opinion, will impact positively on the experience
Fran Hall
  Willow, cardboard, veneer. Wool, even. The material in which we choose to be buried may be imbued with cultural, emotional or traditional significance. We have the benefit of access to so many superb suppliers. We know the options are highly varied now, as are the means of interment. It
Fran Hall
Julian Atkinson, managing director of J. C. Atkinson & Son The ‘Bridging the Gap’ award was introduced this year specifically to acknowledge the work being done by this particular industry supplier who is doing the most to move the funeral business forward. Julian Atkinson was given this special award in
Fran Hall
Guest post by Ruth Phelps of www.borca.co.uk I opened my stall on Norwich Market in January 2016 and stock sustainably-resourced willow, green ash and rush baskets from household laundry baskets to bike and log and picnic hampers and much more. I additionally stock Fairtrade baskets from Palestine and seek to
Charles Cowling
  Davina Kemble’s pebblewood coffin was unveiled at the Ideal Death Show 2013. Reviews were mixed. Some undertakers thought it would be impossible to persuade a dead person to conform to its rounded shape; others reckoned there was no problem. Since then, Davina’s partnership with her manufacturer reached a conclusion, but
Charles Cowling
  It’s not just Donald Trump who gives Americans an undeserved reputation for dangerous lunacy. Restrictive practices in the US funeral industry have been doing that for years. In Alabama the owner of a natural burial ground is currently fighting the state law that allows only licensed funeral directors to sell
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Andy Clarke and Holly Bridgestock-Perris On 11 September the world lost one its finest actors of screen and stage. Sir Donald Sinden died at home at the age of 90 following a prolonged battle with cancer. The national press has given praise for his extensive work and his contribution to
Charles Cowling
  You saw it here first. Yeah, well okay, you first saw it here. Hayley’s coffin was, we can now reveal, made by Will Hunneybel and his team at Greenfield Creations. As I write, (9.08) you could boil an egg on Will’s servers and the GFG coffins page is going
Charles Cowling
  Alice Pitman, in the Christmas edition of the Oldie magazine, describes her extremely unwell 88 year-old mother rising to the occasion in hospital:  Eventually a porter came and perfunctorily wheeled her to theatre. [We] followed down an interminably long corridor, the Aged P issuing instructions over her shoulder about