Charles Cowling
  Writing in the spring 2013 issue of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management Journal, the editor, Bob Coates, writes: What was once the abnormal is now the normal with respect to funeral ceremonies on our premises … Less enamoured, however, may be the funeral director. Some may find
Charles Cowling
  Stuart Goodacre, Gravedigger of the Year 2013, appeared on R4’s Pick of the Week. He is the third winner of a Good Funeral Award to be interviewed on Britain’s premier spoken word wireless station. This isn’t silly-stuff publicity, it’s serious publicity.  Start listening at 26.44.  Hear the full interview
Charles Cowling
Behind the scenes with Down to Earth (i) from Quaker Social Action on Vimeo.     One in six UK households struggle to pay for a funeral. UK funeral debt is worth over £130m and is rising.  QSA seeks a funeral poverty officer to take significant steps to influence policy
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson If you watch this 1912 film of the funeral of the Salvation Army founder William Booth, you’ll notice that many of the mourners in the streets of London are wearing white armbands. Salvationists see the death of the faithful as a ‘Promotion to Glory’, hence the
Charles Cowling
  Press release from MAB to all you snappers The National Photo Competition sees its fourth year! Hosted by the Memorial Awareness Board and this year’s proud new sponsors Funeral Directors, Lodge Brothers, the competition is calling photographers of all abilities; all you need is a keen eye for stone
Charles Cowling
    Sources here and here.
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson With the trend for approaching funerals as celebrations of life, I gather it’s become more fashionable to wear bright colours that challenge the convention of wearing black for mourning. Is this the experience of undertakers and celebrants here? If so, are people dressing down in line
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson  Scientists have observed that when Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are occurring the pineal gland releases DMT, a powerful hallucinogen. DMT is produced at night and small amounts are secreted as you dream. When you die, a large amount is secreted. Many say this is the cause
Charles Cowling
  http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/somerset_news/10671298.Minehead_woman_wins_Embalmer_of_the_year_award/ http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/10674263.Eco_friendly_hearse__star_of_show__at_funeral_awards/
Charles Cowling
  In an excellent article in the Christian Century, the Rev Samuel Wells, an American, describes taking a British funeral. There are lessons here for clergy, funeral celebrants and undertakers.  And so it was that I was called to preside at the funeral of Michael. Michael had had a difficult