Regular readers of the GFG blog will know that we have been calling for transparency in the funeral sector for well over a decade. Last month, on 16th September, a seismic shift finally occurred when the Competition and Markets Authority’s Funerals Market Investigation Order 2021 finally came into effect. All
“Now is not the time” On April 7th a document published by the Ministry of Justice quietly appeared in the public domain. It was the government’s ‘Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s Funeral Market Report’, and it does not make for good reading for anyone who believes that the
We have been asked to write about a new book, ‘We all know how this ends’ by end of life doula Anna Lyons and progressive funeral director Louise Winter. It was published yesterday by Bloomsbury and celebrated with virtual tea and cake in a moving, inspiring Zoom session last night.
It would be forgivable to have missed the muted announcement of the publication of the Competition and Markets Authority’s Funeral Markets Investigation Final Report. The culmination of a major review of the funeral market in the United Kingdom which began in June 2018, the Final Report is a weighty 497
The Competition and Markets Authority has today published their Provisional Decision Report in the latest stage of their Funerals Market Investigation. It’s a long read – 472 pages in fact, with appendices being published next week, but you can read the short summary version here. In essence, the CMA has
The latest in our new series of posts collecting the thoughts and experiences of funeral directors who have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic is from Jo Williamson, founder of Albany Funerals in Kent (top right in the Zoom image below). “As the government continues to lift the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions
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
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 –
Our opinion piece last Friday ignited a debate that has continued throughout the week. It was picked up by Sky News on Friday evening, then over the weekend, articles appeared in The Telegraph, Newsweek, The Express, The Church Times, and Sputnik News all referencing our blog post, and it was
Someone needs to say it. With the heaviest of hearts, today we are going against everything that the Good Funeral Guide has become known for over the years, and calling for funerals to be stopped completely. Now. Today. Just stop. The decision to exempt funerals from the current ban on
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