Charles Cowling
    When the GFG, in conjunction with the Plunkett Foundation, announced a community funerals initiative back in 2012, we supposed that someone might pick it up and run with it. The Plunkett Foundation, far cleverer than us, was pretty confident they would.  They contacted all their community shops and community
Charles Cowling
  In the Guardian, Niall Booker, head of the Co-op bank, writes: We got ourselves into a mess … That’s why this week we will be asking our customers for their views on our ethical policy and wider values. Refreshing our existing ethical framework and also asking about three new
Charles Cowling
  The devaluation of the Social Fund Funeral Payment is the main cause of funeral poverty, but there are others. Some families sign up to more than they can afford – and funeral directors let them. The impact on both parties can be devastating. While the great and the good
Charles Cowling
    There was a time, way back when the world was new and green (remember green?) and a joyous revolution in funerals was imminent. It was a time when scarcely a day passed without the launch of a new online memorial website. The concept ticked all the boxes, floated all
Charles Cowling
  “By all means have memorials. Make them out of Government stone if you like. Make them uniform. But you have no right to employ, in making these memorials, the bodies of other people’s relatives. It is not decent, it is not reasonable, it is not right.” “When the widows
Charles Cowling
    The Memorial Awareness Board (MAB) invites you to commemorate the centenary year of the First World War with a national photography competition Launch date is on the 30th May with entries closing on 31st July, with the winner to be announced on 1st September. Now in its fifth
Charles Cowling
On a hot June Sunday morning, David Hall, of Vintage Lorry Funerals, set out at 0600 hours in his 1950 Leyland Beaver for a Monday morning funeral in Walworth, South London. When David was a lad in the 1960’s, Sunday was a sacred day and there would be very little