About Fran Hall
Fran Hall
  Remember these guys? The National Federation of Funeral Directors – they of the combative Managing Director who regularly took umbrage with Charles – have a look at blog posts from the past here and here and here and here to refresh your memory. They were the self styled “Consumer Driven Funeral Industry
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  After yesterday’s deadline for unaffiliated funeral directors to make contact with the FSCSR came and went, we thought we would share some of the thoughts from some of the people who managed to scrabble together a response to the request within the time frame offered. Given that all responses
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Eight days ago (three of which were over a bank holiday weekend), funeral directors who don’t belong to either of the funeral trade associations were invited to get in touch with the Funeral Service Consumer Standards Review – the self appointed body founded by Dignity PLC that is looking at
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Last week, some of Team GFG hosted an extremely interesting meeting in central London, details of which will be shared in due course. Among our guests were a number of representatives from the Competition and Markets Authority, the body currently carrying out the market investigation into the funeral sector.  They
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Here’s a curious thing. Yesterday, an article written by Bird Loved and Mark Casci for the Yorkshire Post was widely circulating on social media. It was entitled ‘How independent funeral directors offer far better prices than the chain operators’. And it was very, very good. Like others, we retweeted it
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Did you see this article in Monday’s Times? ‘Restaurant style ratings to combat funeral rip-offs’, the headline screams. It’s behind a paywall, but we can precis it for you. Here’s a direct quote: “Funeral directors are to be given restaurant-style ratings as the industry battles accusations of over-charging and inconsistent standards. Classifications based on clarity of prices, conduct of funerals, vehicles and staff training, and mortuary and refrigeration facilities will be issued to thousands of funeral parlours based on inspections of their premises. Those given
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  Back in November 2017, a bright new star rose in the world of funerals. St. Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset joined forces in partnership with Howard Hodgson’s Low Cost Funerals to form Hospice Funerals LLP in what they described at the time as ‘one of the biggest developments in the
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  In a blistering attack on the funeral industry in America this week, Michael Waters wrote in Washington Monthly: ‘The cost of death services has long exasperated Americans. In December 1856, a New York Times editorial argued that “nobody that is not comfortably off in this world’s goods can afford to die” because “to pass into the
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This has popped up on social media by the main funeral directing trade association, the NAFD. (That’s the one that the big, powerful corporates all belong to, not the other one that represents independent funeral directors, for anyone unfamiliar with the world of funerals). Well, well, well. It was only
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The Good Funeral Guide is delighted to announce a day out with a difference. On Saturday September 21st, we will be hosting ‘Be Better’, a sparkling day featuring a whole stage full of inspirational speakers who are changing the world of funerals.  And we have found the perfect venue, the