The GFG Blog

2019Aug

The CMA is looking at informal arrangements

Fran Hall
Aug 27
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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
Categories:  CMA Market Investigation

Consistent and transparent

Fran Hall
Aug 14
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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
Categories:  FSCSR

Hospice Funerals – an update

Fran Hall
Aug 08
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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
Categories:  Hospice Funerals

2019Jul

Called to account

Fran Hall
Jul 29
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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
Categories:  Co-op, Dignity, Funeral markets study, Funeral Partners

2019Jun

The campaign is underway

Fran Hall
Jun 26
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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
Categories:  Dignity, Funerals

Be Better

Fran Hall
Jun 16
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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
Categories:  Progressive funeral directors, The future of funerals, uber undertakers

Unlikely bedfellows

Fran Hall
Jun 09
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  The GFG and the Natural Death Centre charity have long enjoyed an unofficial mutual admiration – nothing ever written down, but a kindred fellowship of ideas and ideals. Founded in 1991 by the late Nicholas Albery and his wife Josefine Speyer, the charity was set up with three aims
Categories:  Dignity, Natural Death Centre

2019Apr

Five Things

Fran Hall
Apr 17
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Our friends over at Life. Death. Whatever have created an extraordinary movement that is inspiring people around the world who follow them on social media. Five Things is a collection of five things that LDW collaborators want people to know about life, death and everything in between. Since the launch earlier this month,
Categories:  Attitudes to death, death and funerals, funeral reformers, The future of funerals

2019Mar

On the subject of funeral plans – your thoughts are invited

Fran Hall
Mar 04
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Like everyone else who responded to the Competition and Markets Authority’s consultation on whether to make a market investigation reference for the funeral market, we received an e-mail last week. The e-mail invited us to share our views on whether the said MIR should also cover the delivery of funeral
Categories:  funeral plans, The future of funerals

2019Feb

One of ours

Fran Hall
Feb 12
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Poppy Mardall of Poppy’s Funerals We’re a bit late to the party, as this came out last week, but we were prompted by a comment from a regular reader on another blog post (thanks Andrew!!) We were delighted to see one of our Recommended Funeral Directors featured in a documentary
Categories:  funeral directors, funeral trends, The future of funerals