Fran Hall
Guest post by Howard Hodgson   THE FASHION OF DEATH ALWAYS FOLLOWS THE FASHION OF LIFE. ‘In the midst of life we are but in death, of whom may we seek for succour but thee oh Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased’ are words that most of us
Fran Hall
Like you, at GFG Towers we’ve been waiting for summer to start. No sign so far, so rather than watching the umbrellas go up at Wimbledon yet again, we’ve wangled invitations to a whole number of gatherings of the great and the good in funeralworld. Indoor ones. First up was a
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
Fran Hall
Hats off to independent funeral booking website Funeralbooker for publishing their findings on the costs of funeral disbursements.   Funeral poverty shows no sign of abating as new data reveals the most expensive crematoria and cemeteries in the UK   Key points:   THE COST OF DYING CONTINUES TO RISE.   NEW
Charles Cowling
  When John Taplin of Open Prepaid Funeral Plans first proposed that we work together to create a GFG funeral plan I told him to f*** off. Not in so many words. I was icily polite. I was practised in the art having previously spurned the seductive sweet talk of another funeral
Fran Hall
In a report published today the Work and Pensions Committee says the UK Government should follow the lead of the Scottish Government and conduct a broad review of burials, cremations and funerals, with a view to making changes that have a long-term impact on funeral inflation and reduce funeral poverty.
Charles Cowling
  Because of the stubborn refusal of all but a small number of undertakers to post their prices online, there’s a commercial opportunity for an entrepreneur who can offer a useful price+value comparison service for bereaved people. First out of the blocks was FuneralChoice which offers its service free to undertakers and consumers and depends on mystery
Charles Cowling
  “People are also turning to alternatives to the traditional funeral. Some are holding do-it-yourself funerals, and even having to bury relatives in their back garden. A number of companies are offering cut-price funerals, including “direct” cremations that have no formal service attached to them.” That was Emma Lewell-Buck MP
Charles Cowling
  FREE FUNERALS HERE! I bet you’ve never seen a banner outside your local registrar’s office with those words on it. Because the free (aka public health) funeral is, if not a well-kept secret, not something councils bang on about. Its minimalist aesthetic might make it irresistibly attractive to the middle classes. Seriously, the
Charles Cowling
    The problem:  The circumstances of the death do not admit of any effective competition or precedent examination of the charges of different undertakers, or any comparison and consideration of their supplies. There is not time to change them for others that are less expensive, and more in conformity