Charles Cowling
  In an article in the Telegraph, atheist Brendan O’Neill asks: When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren’t always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone “I am an atheist”
Charles Cowling
  It may be that the media are beginning to wake up to the inadequacies of pay-now-die-later funeral plans. The Times has a piece today which, chances are, you won’t be able to read online because you haven’t got a key to the paywall. So I’ll summarise.  It highlights third-party
Charles Cowling
    Elderly people reflect on their reflections of themselves when young. Entitled ‘Reflections’, it is the work of Tom Hussey. Hat-tip to Caitlin Doughty, who posted a link to this on her Facebook page the other day.  Please note that here at the GFG we now post most of
Charles Cowling
  The Good Funeral Awards judges deliberating   From Brian Jenner over at GoodFuneralAwards The judging panel of the Good Funeral Awards have sifted through more than 600 nominations for this year’s Good Funeral Awards and have longlisted the following. The judges have requested that their deliberations remain secret. While
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Richard Rawlinson Imagine picking up a well-thumbed penny novel by an unknown Victorian author at your secondhand bookshop and, on starting to read it, discovering to your surprise that a family of undertakers is depicted in a favourable light. We’re used to Charles Dickens, who loathed
Charles Cowling
  From Sky News:  The Co-operative Group has rebuffed a string of takeover approaches for its funerals arm amid a controversial restructuring of its troubled banking division. Sky News has learnt that buyout firms including CVC Capital Partners, the controlling shareholder of Formula One motor racing, and Montagu Private Equity,
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  Film made by Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris, nominated for a Good Funeral Award. Beautifully crafted and very, very powerful.
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  Guest post by Steve   Every funeral at a crematorium will have a point at which the coffin is removed from the sight of the mourners, usually during the committal.    To start off with, is there an optimal speed of removing the coffin from view? Some curtains close in