Charles Cowling

 

 

Extracts from a story in Metro, 2 July 2012: 

Beverley Webb and Michelle Blakesley said the way Co-Op Funeralcare handled Gloria Roper’s service was ‘shambolic’ after one worker said: ‘We’ve brought out our 4.15pm instead.’

The coffin was about to pass through the curtains at the crematorium when the family noticed it was a different colour to the one they had purchased. 

Michelle Blakesley said: ‘We tried to tell the manager who had organised the funeral what was going on but she had already left.’

‘They were so heartless and condescending. One of their staff tried to tell us we were wrong, insisting our grief was making us confused. We were distraught.’

The Co-Op of Weymouth, Dorset, issued a ‘sincere apology’ and refunded the sisters £1,000.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are very sorry and have apologised to the family for any distress caused.

‘A full investigation has taken place into why our policies and procedures were not followed and appropriate action has been taken.’

Further details from the People, 1 July 2012:

They also complained Co-op Funeralcare in Weymouth, Dorset, made a string of errors such as having to change Gloria’s coffin plaque after getting her date of birth and death wrong before last December’s service.

The sisters said their memorial rings, costing £575, were also inscribed with incorrect dates. They claimed the family were told they could not have purple balloons because there was a ­“helium shortage” in the UK.

Metro story here. People story here.

 

 

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claire callender
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Further to my comment above:

And the reason the funeral director had left probably, is to pop round the corner to retrieve the second coffin from underneath the deck in the hearse (yes believe it) and go to the next funeral.

claire callender
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One of the things I find most most shocking about the way the Co-op operates is the way the ‘funeral director’ arrives with the hearse, delivers the coffin in to the crematorium and the vicar, then gets in the hearse and drives away. I see this happen all the time.
As Beverley Webb says when something went wrong she looked for her funeral manager and she had left. How can that be right?

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[…] Back in July we posted a report about an unsatisfactory Co-op Funeralcare-arranged funeral: “Beverley Webb and Michelle Blakesley said the way Co-op Funeralcare handled Gloria Roper’s service was ‘shambolic’ after one worker said: ‘We’ve brought out our 4.15pm instead.’” Read it here. […]

June Young
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June Young

Thank you Andrew for pointing out that there are many ground level staff at co-operative that see their role as an honor and do their upmost with each and every family to make sure their experience is a good one. It is easy to forget them in this current debate and as well as the families who have been featured in the recent article the C4 programme also affected those staff who are good caring and take pride in what they do… I just didn’t agree with the way in which C4 used an unrounded debate to evoke emotion in… Read more »

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Beverley Webb

Hi Charles The story you featured above was about our mum who died suddenly in December, and the “string of errors” the list is too long to record on here, but am happy to share by email if you want it.The Branch Manager rang three times the day before the funeral – despite previously giving her a 500 pound deposit and evidence of a small policy mum had, when she could not speak to us directly, she texted this message – her spelling errors not mine “How did you all with the chapel visit, coul dyou bring some more cash… Read more »

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andrew plume

Hello June Debate is as you will have guessed on this blog is encouraged and I’ve read what you have said Despite funeralcare having a training School, there are too many issues that stack up against them, many of which have featured in this blog during the past few years. There have been too many foul ups and poor standards to have dismissed those as being part ‘of a large organisation’ where said difficulties will occur from time to time. Bearing in mind their prices (pretty well the highest in the UK), I have nil sympathy for the organisation per… Read more »

June Young
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June Young

The Channel 4 programme was the biggest pile of shock, manipulative and bad investigative journalism, designed to have this effect on people. Yes there were some issues within the programme of rougue staff that clearly need to be addressedd with action taken. But all organisations suffer this. Yes, the service provided is a sensitive one and needs the upmost care and respect but the organisation is also a business that has to make profits and monitoring and selling products and using resources in the best way is the way in which it does this. Mistakes happen in all industries, devastating… Read more »

Mr XX
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Mr XX

Trust in the system. Use the system. Operate the system.

I wonder if that well known US burger chain has the same mantra?

andrew plume
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andrew plume

…..and so it goes on and on

an absolute shambles, nothing else

the standard of ‘care’ is shocking

it’s time for this Goliath of the death trade to seriously have it’s wings clipped or for the bird to be shot down

andrew

Jonathan
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Jonathan

God knows how that comment got posted, I haven’t finsished writing it yet… I was about to say that, at the precise moment that I was looking for the right word to describe the way Fcare treats its clients (for a comment on ‘Believe in the system…’ see below), one of them is quoted here saying it herself.

I do love those ‘moments of grace’ – thanks, Fuck’emallCare.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

VINDICATED!