Charles Cowling
  Guest post by John Porter My first job was in a local grocer’s shop. They boiled ham in their kitchen – hmmmm, I can smell it now – and would cut three special slices, carefully wrapped in greaseproof paper for Mrs Rogers who came in every Tuesday. She chatted for
Charles Cowling
    When the GFG, in conjunction with the Plunkett Foundation, announced a community funerals initiative back in 2012, we supposed that someone might pick it up and run with it. The Plunkett Foundation, far cleverer than us, was pretty confident they would.  They contacted all their community shops and community
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
  From the At Least I Have A Brain blog:  Today at Mass  we had an elderly Parishioner to bury, who had no mourners. Not one. Empty pews at the front. It was a stark statement that the little man had been married, had no family, his wife had died,
Charles Cowling
    Bryan and Catherine Powell, founders of Powell and Family Funeral Directors and Powell and Family Direct, are hosting an open meeting for all funeral directors interested in remodelling their business as a social enterprise. It’s called Social Enterprise For Funeral Directors, and it’s being held on Saturday 19 May, 11am
Charles Cowling
  A new website has just hit the scene: CommunityFunerals.org.uk. It seeks to develop the concept of a not-for profit community funeral service, and presents for consideration four models of what it calls a Community Funeral Society (CFS). It hopes to grow the idea organically by inviting feedback from its readers,
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Charles   All things pass. In twenty years from now we shan’t be doing funerals as we do them today. Another good reason for not buying a funeral plan. Incremental change, say a great many reformers, will bring this about. Eventually. It’s worth keeping a weather eye