Hospices are being warned to be cautious of a new franchise offer that was launched called Hospice Funerals LLP.
The Good Funeral Guide wrote to the boards of trustees of every hospice in the UK to share its concerns about the venture.
Hospice Funerals LLP is offering hospices the chance to become a partner and provide ‘in-house’ undertaking services under the one brand name.
Launched this year, the joint venture first began between St. Margaret’s Hospice Ltd. in Somerset and Memoria Ltd., owner of Low Cost Funeral Ltd.
On its website, Hospice Funerals claims it wishes: “to provide all hospice communities with the choice and experience of hospice funeral services that uniquely reflect the dedication, warmth and reputation of the hospice movement – an extension of exemplary hospice care – caring, transparent and personal.”
Fran Hall, CEO Good Funeral Guide CIC stated in her letter to the board trustees: “The Good Funeral Guide wishes to draw the attention of the Board of Trustees to the very serious concerns that we have about this proposed new revenue stream generator, despite the public proclamations of how this will address the issue of funeral poverty and ‘bring choice, quality and affordability to families in our communities.’
“As a trusted, not for profit, social enterprise company, wholly independent of the funeral industry, that has for years supported, empowered and represented the interests of dying and bereaved people living in the UK, we would be delighted to see a truly ethical, community focused undertaking service evolving from the hospice movement; indeed, we have a blueprint guide to how to set up such a model on our website which we developed in partnership with the Plunkett Foundation several years ago.
“Unfortunately, this new model proposed by Hospice Funerals does not, in our opinion, fall into the category of an ethical, community focused service, despite the marketing hype.”