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Contemporary attitudes and customs surrounding death and dying are the product of a complex mix of influences and practices, religious, cultural, historical and medical. The outcome is that, as a society, we have an emotionally unsound relationship with old age, death and bereavement.



Things are getting better – slowly. But we need to press on and we need to be innovative.


The community funerals initiative is a response to this need.



A Community Funeral Service (CFS) is a community-owned enterprise: a formally constituted not-for profit co-operative funeral service which, in a spirit of common purpose, deploys volunteers and professionals as its members see fit in support of three objectives: commercial, social and environmental.



It is run democratically by and for its members. All members are equal.



A CFS reclaims the care of the dead and the support of the bereaved from the for-profit sector, but in doing so it does not take inspiration from the past. A CFS is a progressive agent of social change in response to, in particular, the challenges posed by longevity; the needs of the bereaved; and evolving trends in the expression of grief and the commemoration of the dead.


Are you interested in the idea of a funeral service that is developed and supported from within a community by members of that community? Then visit the community funerals website, which is here.

You need to support us…

The Good Funeral Guide is a labour of love not a nice little earner. If you find our website helpful please consider making a donation to keep us going. If you do it’ll really help — just a £1 or £2. We can find good uses for more of course!


And if you’d like to support us while joining a community of like-minded people, why not consider joining the Good Funeral Guild?