Fran Hall
We thought it was about time to share something with GFG blog readers. It’s a story that’s been running for a while, but today seems like a really good day to put it in the public domain. This week, we made a third party observation to the Intellectual Property Office
Fran Hall
  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
Fran Hall
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
Fran Hall
  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
Fran Hall
  Our recent blog post about Simplicity Cremations, the offshoot of Dignity Funerals, elicited this response from a disapproving reader: ‘This rattled me. “Dignity’s prices are too high and they are the cause of funeral poverty. Big bad dignity”. “Dignity lower their prices and offer a low cost cremation option. Big bad
Fran Hall
    We want to make it very clear to anyone who might be unaware – the Good Funeral Guide CIC had nothing to do with the recent announcement of Dignity PLC’s sidekick, Simplicity Cremations as ‘The Best Direct Cremation Provider 2018’ with a ‘Good Funeral Award’. Having been co-organiser
Fran Hall
  The chaps over at Beyond have detailed their thoughts about some of the responses to the recent Competition and Markets Authority Funerals Market Study. Specifically, the responses from the National Association of Funeral Directors and Dignity PLC.  NB Beyond say in their introduction that they have a ‘few critiques’
Fran Hall
    Over the weekend, one of our many readers posted a comment on a previous blog post about Dignity PLC’s report on what they tell us people ‘assume, want and expect from funeral directors. We thought this comment deserved elevating to a post in its own right. So here
Fran Hall
Yesterday we wrote about the media coverage of Dignity’s findings in their research ‘Time to Talk About Quality and Standards’ and our thoughts about this. Before writing, we spent some time looking for the full report online, unsuccessfully. Last night, Dignity kindly sent us a link to the full report
Fran Hall
  Well, well, well. The people in the Dignity press department are having a busy summer. Two national newspapers have published findings from the recent report commissioned by the funeral giant that operates under ‘over 500 distinct local brands with varying levels of local brand equity’ (source Dignity Investor Presentation