Charles Cowling
  Guest post by John Porter   Anyone who says to me “You have to”, I nearly always reply with “why?” and then “why?” again! The fact is I don’t have to do anything. I can choose whether to or not – that’s different. “Not so,” I hear some say,
Charles Cowling
Posted by Richard Rawlinson It’s not easy to get advertising right in Funeralworld. Selling your services to bereaved people has unique challenges requiring a deft touch. This online promotion for cemeteries and crematoria in Australia uses the fear of possible theft of an urn of ashes as the reason to pay to
Charles Cowling
  One night in the early 1700s,  Henry Trigg was making his way home when he heard a disturbance in the churchyard. Looking closer, he saw, to his horror of course, grave-robbers making off with a freshly-buried corpse.  He continued on his way, resolving never to let the same thing happen to him.
Charles Cowling
    Posted by Richard Rawlinson Do you remember what you were doing on 9/11/2001? I was visiting the offices of BSkyB in London, discussing media issues in a meeting room that had a TV screen on a wall showing Sky News with the volume down. Our conversation came to an
Charles Cowling
  On 9 September, Leo Tolstoy was wished a Happy 186th Birthday by Google Doodle. The Google homepage included a slideshow of Tolstoy’s works, including War and Peace, Anna Karenina and The Death of Ivan Ilyich. The latter, written shortly after Tolstoy’s religious conversion, tells the story of the premature
Charles Cowling
Funeral Director of the Year Sarah Clarke of Arka Original Funerals Most Promising New Funeral Director of the Year  – sponsored by the Church of England Sarah Stuart and Lel Wallace of Wallace Stewart Green Funeral Director of the Year sponsored by GreenAcres Tracy O’Leary, Woodland Wishes Association of Green
Charles Cowling
  The Ideal Death Show starts today. There will be great speakers, great exhibitors, great fellowship and great fun. The event will have all its usual hallmarks:  No hush and awe No black suits inclusive unstuffy chatty amazing cakes (how great thou art) Didn’t get around to booking?? No worries.
Charles Cowling
George Llewelyn Davies Posted by Richard Rawlinson The two-minute silence, the candle-lit vigil and the ‘lights out’ remembrance ritual have all played a part in World War One centenary commemorations this year. The Great War’s anniversary topicality has also sparked interest in its history, whether reading, or visiting the extremely well-curated
Charles Cowling
  What an interesting debate that was, the one about whether undertakers and celebrants should charge for the funerals of children. A great many people followed it silently; the 25 comments represent a tiny fraction of the overall readership. The debate was not conducted on a level of dispassionate logic, so
Charles Cowling
Hollywood Forever cemetery Guest post by Celebrant Wendy Coulton of Dragonfly Funerals Tinseltown is not immune to the universal challenges cemeteries face generating a sustainable income to maintain the grounds and run its services. It was reassuring to learn as a former director of a charitable trust which manages Ford Park Cemetery in