Fran Hall
In our new series of posts collecting the thoughts and experiences of funeral directors who have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic, today we hear from James Showers, of Family Tree Funerals in Stroud.  The photo is described by James as ‘Funerals now outdoors. Still beautiful!‘ “Thank you for inviting us to
Fran Hall
The GFG Blog has been unnaturally quiet during the last months. The unfolding catastrophe of the UK’s experience of Covid-19 has rendered us almost completely silent. Whether it is 44,220 as today’s official figures show, or many, many more – over 65,000 as suggested by the Financial Times analysis –
Fran Hall
These are unprecedented times. Across the world, the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps everything before it, heralded by fear and confusion at conflicting government advice, with daily updates of the tens of thousands of people who have become ill, and rising numbers of deaths.  And while much concern is rightly directed towards
Fran Hall
We are privileged to be able to publish a guest blog from Tracy Douthwaite today. Tracy works providing training and talks about mental health awareness and wellbeing. Her husband Steve is pictured above, in his garden last summer. Steve died earlier this year, and Tracy found finding a funeral director a
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
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
Fran Hall
      We were pleased to receive an e-mail recently advising us that the National Association of Funeral Directors has appointed an interim CEO, some four months since the role became vacant. It’s been quite a while without a steady hand at the NAFD tiller, and taking on the
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
Guest post Ed’s note – the writer of this blog post is known to us, however their identity is being withheld for reasons that are obvious. ‘The subject of bullying is in the media a lot these days, especially bullying within the work place. Most fair and just people think
Fran Hall
  It’s here! Today’s the day that the first Hospice Funerals branch in the UK opens for business. The people of Taunton have been watching the refurbishment of the former charity shop over the last few weeks, as the grey paint (not dark and forbidding) was applied to the exterior