Fran Hall
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
Fran Hall
In Burgundy coloured news  The Telegraph has been hard at work this month, convincing us that the funeral situation in the UK really is dire. On the 10th June, we heard about a grieving gentlemen in New Milton, Hants, who is digging a grave in his back garden to bury his 101
Charles Cowling
Hat tip to the Fisher King (I’m in pieces, bits and pieces) Since you left me and you said goodbye (I’m in pieces, bits and pieces) All I do is sit and cry (I’m in pieces, bits and pieces) You went away and left me misery (I’m in pieces, bits
Charles Cowling
  Update from the National Association of Funeral Directors:                                                                    You may be aware of the media coverage this morning relating to Midcounties Cooperative. In line with our commitment to uphold standards within the profession we have been working closely with Midcounties Cooperative today and sent a team
Charles Cowling
  So. Co-operative Funeralcare is cutting the price of its ‘simple’ funeral by 7 per cent to £1995 excluding third-party payments (once known, quaintly, as disbursements). That’s £140. If you’re a Co-operative Group member you get to save £380. Reminder: the Group is just one of many co-operative societies. There are other
Charles Cowling
  When the GFG started blogging all of 6 years ago, an appalled and furious undertaker rang his solicitor and instructed him to take out an injunction requiring us to cease and desist. The solicitor told him it didn’t quite work like that; had the GFG libelled him? No we
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 number of funerals the average person is called upon to arrange in the course of a lifetime is just 2. (Mummy & Daddy) For some, though, Reaper G’s scythe lays waste to vast swathes of their nearest and dearest. For these unlucky souls, arranging and attending funerals can be pretty much a full time
Charles Cowling
Charles Cowling
The Co-op’s stated aims To be a commercially successful business To meet the needs of our customers and the communities we serve* To respond to our members and share our profits To be an ethical leader To be an exemplary employer To inspire others through co-operation Co-operative Group results 2013 Overall