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      Guest post from Jonathan Taylor, independent funeral celebrant in Totnes. (That’s not his photo above, by the way.)   We are always delighted to receive guest posts from long time readers of the GFG blog, and this one is very topical given the obsession with ‘whacky funerals’
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  Dear reader We’d like to ask for a few minutes of your time to respond to two important funeral related consultations. The first is the Funeral Market Study by the Competition and Markets Authority. This forms part of a year long study into the state of the British funeral
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  Here at GFG Towers we rarely get a night out, so it was rather a shock to get to go to the cinema twice in one weekend – so much so that we’ve only just recovered enough to write about it. (One film is out there available for you
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The GFG blog has long taken an interest in the goings on of Mark Kerbey, aka Richard Sage. In fact there have been 18 blog posts since 2008 about his antics – see here  So when we received a couple of e-mails from long standing readers pointing us to this
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    Team GFG are honoured to have been invited to be part of an advisory committee to support a pioneering new study that is being launched today to try and discover how much funerals really matter. And we are happy to help spread the word about it to encourage
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    An open letter to SAIF, the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors from Cara Mair, Director, ARKA Original Funerals, sent 4th May 2018.   Dear all at SAIF I write this to you as a longstanding member of SAIF, in the hope that you will not
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  We’ve been pondering on an important subject. In 21st century Britain, many of us may not have seen or spent time with the body of someone who has died. We may not have witnessed the profound absence of person in the familiar features of a corpse, nor experienced the
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      We were pleased to receive an e-mail recently advising us that the National Association of Funeral Directors has appointed an interim CEO, some four months since the role became vacant. It’s been quite a while without a steady hand at the NAFD tiller, and taking on the
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    According to Twitter, the website and an e-mail bulletin sent out yesterday, the Good Funeral Awards will be taking place this year in Bournemouth in September. We think it worth noting that the Good Funeral Guide is no longer involved with these events and will not be attending. 
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Dying Matters, the former NCPC coalition, now under the wings of Hospice UK, sent out an e-mail bulletin this week with an update on this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, presumably to most of their 32,000 members. Top feature in the bulletin was the large Co-op logo and blurb shown