Charles Cowling
  One for you celebrants. US Methodist minister Talbot Davis has written an open letter to fellow pastors on his blog urging them to make a better fist of funerals. He offers lots of sound advice and concludes by urging them to use his favourite line: “[The deceased] is more
Charles Cowling
  And here’s the world’s smallest theatre:  
Charles Cowling
  Ever heard of Joss Nankoo? No, I hadn’t either. You have now. He’s a stonemason and lettercutter. Here at the GFG we revere lettercutters. And we love lovely human beings. Joss (above) is both. You can see that. At around twice the price of machine-carved shiny Chinese granite you
Charles Cowling
  Two questions sent by the GFG to Nottinghamshire CC registrars on 30 Jan 2014. The first relates to the marketing of Notts CC civil celebrants. The second relates to the proposed ‘Living Eulogy’ service as outlined here. Question 1 In your bereavement guide you advertise (pp 25 28) the services of your in-house funeral
Charles Cowling
  “Afore ye go.” Remember the slogan? You will if you’re old enough. It spoke to us oldies (Scots: auldies) from billboards everywhere, advertising Bell’s whisky. It echoed the invitation offered as a matter of course in those days to every dinner guest or pub boozer when they announced they were
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Kate Semple We are all, of course, unique and completely different from one and other. So as a sculptor working in stone who is passionate about creating original, bespoke art, I recently asked myself why after death the favoured physical reminder of a loved one had to
Charles Cowling
  By MC After extensive research I have the definitive answer to list-making for funerals. Maybe not, but I have cast my mind back over the several hundreds of funerals at which I have officiated and celebranted. I have concluded that the making of detailed lists is rare. Usually a
Charles Cowling
  We are pleased to publish the email below, which raises a potentially interesting point of discussion. The name of the sender has, with our agreement, been redacted. Dear Charles I read with interest yesterday’s blog about the Funeral Director who has diversified into organising other ‘life events’. I can’t
Charles Cowling
  “No fuss? You’re absolutely sure about that? You’ve taken into account the emotional needs and expectations of your family and friends? … Yes, we have our simple package. Yes, if you’re sure it’s right for you we can do that for one nine nine five all inclusive.” I am
Charles Cowling
  The information revolution has done huge damage to the funeral industry. Recent TV exposés of goings on behind the scenes in a Co-operative Funeralcare and a Funeral Services Partnership mortuary went viral when they aired and endure in the public memory. That the NAFD did not, in the aftermath,