Charles Cowling



Sadly my father recently passed away and the thoughts of my family turned to appointing a funeral director. It was a toss-up between a local family-run firm and the Co-operative Funeralcare. In the end we chose the family firm, but it was a close-run thing.

When I registered my father’s death, the registrar said that the Co-op was growing in popularity and was very helpful and efficient. 


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andrew plume
andrew plume
10 years ago

mmmm…………..and what was the incentive for the Registrar to come out with that comment, then………? (as was the implication)


10 years ago

We don’t talk about death; that’s the beginning and the end of the problem.

No wonder people can’t choose a funeral director, or distinguish one from another, when they don’t even know what any of them do. Imagine being arrested in, say, China and having to choose a defence solicitor without the language of the common people to your lips, let alone that of the legal profession…

gloria mundi
10 years ago

In my not so humble, registrars should stick to their job and offer choices, not endorsements.
WTF indeed.

james showers
10 years ago

Brave family to go against the ‘official’ view.
I hope that the registrar was asked for their opinion on alternative undertakers, and that their ringing endorsement was not simply volunteered.
I also wonder how this family got on with the independant firm, and whether this company were aware of the registrar’s recommendation.

David Holmes
10 years ago

It’s possible.. But more likely they are ‘growing in popularity’ because there is little choice in some areas?