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Winners revealed for 2017 NCPC awards

NCPC, Awards, Bereavement

The National Council for Palliative Care has announced the winners for its 2017 awards. The winners were announced at the NCPC’s 25th anniversary event at the House of Lords on 22 February. Over 90 entries were received for the four categories. The winners were: Bereavement Project of the Year – ...

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125 delegates attend ICCM convention

ICCM Crematoriums

125 delegates, speakers and invited guests attended The ICCM Learning Convention and Exhibition 2016. The event took place at the Oxford Belfry Hotel from October 31 to November 2. 80 exhibitors represented 38 companies. Members of public and private sector cemeteries and crematoria. picked up the latest information on topics from new environmental ...

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52% give ‘no thought’ to funeral plans


Only a minority of people are making proper financial arrangements for their funeral, according to new figures from the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA). The FPA surveyed 1000 people aged 18 and upwards. It reported that 52 percent admitted to giving no thought at all to how they might pay for ...

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Norfolk funeral director raises money for charity with canoe challenge

Funeral Director SAIF

Paul Allcock, his wife Alison, sister Sharon and brothers Philip and Mark, raised more than £1,000 for a mental health charity with a gruelling canoe challenge. The independent funeral director from Allcock Family Funeral Services in Norwich, recently completed the Great Glen Canoe trail, which runs between Banavie and Inverness in Scotland. ...

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NAFD appoints Mandie Lavin as Chief Executive Officer

NAFD Funeral Directors

The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) has appointed qualified nurse and barrister Mandie Lavin as its Chief Executive Officer. The NAFD represents more than 4,000 UK funeral homes and works closely with all four UK governments to address the needs of bereaved families. Ms Lavin joins the Association from her previous ...

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Funeral industry body launches UK coffin testing scheme


The funeral industry body, The Funeral Furnishing Manufacturer’s Association (FFMA) has this month launched a UK coffin and casket certification scheme, working in partnership with Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider. Following an increase in reports from crematoria about incidents of coffins not behaving as expected when auto-charged or ...

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The People’s Awards name best natural burial grounds

Natural burial grounds around the UK are celebrating their achievements, following the results of The People’s Awards. The awards are based purely on the comments made by members of the public about the level of customer service and care they have received at the various burial grounds. The winners: North of Britain: Ben and ...

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NCPC response to Hospice UK report into end of life care priorities

Palliative Care

The National Council for Palliative Care has released a response to Hospice UK’s report, which found that 57 percent of Health and Wellbeing Boards do not include the needs of dying adults and children in their key strategies that inform local service planning. It also found that 27 percent of Clinical ...

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BIFD National President Clive Pearson uncovers the story of Valentine’s Day

The BIFD’s National President, Clive Pearson, looks at the history of Valentine’s Day Sat here once again at my desk in the Yorkshire countryside, there are only a few days to go before February 14, Valentine’s Day. So what do we really know about this special day. We give and ...

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Avalon and Huddersfield Town create football Funeral Plan

Avalon, the provider of pre-paid funeral plans, has teamed up with Championship side Huddersfield Town to create the UK’s first football club branded funeral plan. The pre-paid Terriers Funeral Plan from Avalon means the club’s supporters can make their funeral a celebration of their life as a Huddersfield Town fan. ...

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