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the knowledge on the capital's funeral industry

Author: Adam Barr

Motorcycle Funerals

Motorcycle Funerals provide two-wheeled hearses for bike enthusiasts around the UK.

I spoke to director and Reverend Paul Sinclair on how the business began, the difficulties the floods posed and how the endless media coverage has helped or hindered the business.

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The unique challenges and benefits of London’s funeral industry

Immigrantion is changing the face and funeral industry of London, for the better

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Robdeep Verma was born in London, his parents, immigrants from Bangladesh set up a thriving business and he expects to live in the capital for the rest of his life as do the rest of his family. The Verma’s and many like them are irreversibly altering London’s funeral market and directors should rejoice.

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Imagining the Future of Medicine Conference Preview

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On Monday 21st April at 2pm we’ll be liveblogging a very special alk and imagining the future of medicine.
A conference with wide-reaching implications for all involved in the industry- embalmers, undertakers, carers and naturally those in the medical profession.

Hosted by Dara Ó Briain, the conference will feature speakers at the forefront of medicine exploring how we can make the future of medicine brighter. Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, watch a livestream of the event here and check out the highlights in our live blog.

Bob Crow’s Funeral- Wanstead to City of London Cemetery

Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers from 2002, died on March 11, 2014.

One of Britain’s most high-profile union leaders, the announcement of Bob’s death was met with shock and saw union, industry and political figures paying tribute to him. London Mayor Boris Johnson, who often clashed with him, said Mr Crow had “fought tirelessly” for his members. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Mr Crow had been a “fighter and a force”.

I went down to Wanstead, in East London to observe the funeral of the “most successful union leader in terms of securing jobs and pay for his members” (Nick Robinson, 2014).

Bob’s funeral, held on the 24th March, was in the traditional East End Style, with Black Friesian horses wearing blue and white feathers  recognising of his life long support of Milwall Football Club local funeral directors Floyd and Son put on the funeral.

A tough week for the Left

There were several high-profile deaths in the past few weeks.


On March 11th, trade union leader Bob Crow died of a heart attack. His funeral will be held on Monday 24th March. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers released a statement on the funeral which will commence at 12 noon with a funeral cortege from a start point on Snakes Lane (IG8 7GF) arriving at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium (E12 5DQ) at 12.45pm.

The Funeral procession route is as follows
•    Snakes Lane East (IG8 7GF)
•    Right onto Chigwell Road
•    Down to Charlie Brown’s roundabout
•    Onto Herman Hill
•    Follow to Wanstead High Street
•    Right at the crossroads of Wanstead Station
•    First left to Aldersbrook  Road and on to Crematorium (E12 5DQ)


The route will be clearly marked on the day and agreed with the police. Trade unionists with banners and flags have been invited to line the route.


Tony Benn.  Photograph: Murdo Macleod


Three days later, on March 14th Tony Benn, a Labour politician and Member of Parliament for 47 years died following a serious illness. Following his death Commons Speaker and former Conservative MP John Bercow filed a request to Buckingham Palace for the body of Mr Benn to rest in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft on 26 March, the night before his funeral.


The announcement was controversial as this would make Mr Benn only the second politician to receive the honor, sharing a place in history with his arch-enemy Margaret Thatcher.


Benn’s funeral will be a private affair. After resting overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, a Church of England chapel in the Palace of Westminster Mr Benn’s body will then be transferred to St Margaret’s Church in Westminster for a funeral service at 11am on March 27 before a final journey by hearse from the gate of New Palace Yard, with family members following on foot.


People wishing to attend have been asked to email

There will also be space outside for the public to pay their respects.

A memorial meeting will be held later in the year.

Edit: April 2nd- my colleague Ryan Ramgobin reported from the funeral, view it here:



Digital gravestones, a new revenue stream: closing or preserving social media accounts

The last thing people want to deal with after a death is social media accounts.

By incorporating social media closure advice into your service you can tap into a simple and worthwhile market that will put families at ease.

I take a closer look at the world of digital gravestones.

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When will business pick up?

In the 20th century Britain’s population grew by over 20 million people, but the number of the deaths per year has been in decline since 1960. But things are looking up, Prepared London created this infographic to show you why business is set to improve for those in the industry over the next 10 years. Taking into account birth rates, population size and life expectancy this is a comprehensive analysis, click here for the interactive version.

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A tour of the Hunterian Museum

I made a visit on a wet Wednesday to the Hunterian Museum near Holborn, London for a free tour through the fascinating and gruesome collection of human and animal remains.

Tracing the history of anatomical science via dissection, the tour gives a detailed insight into the murky world of 18th Century surgeons.

The museum takes its name from surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793) who’s collection is held here.


The Best and the Bizarre Funerals

The world of funerals can certainly be bizarre.

Here’s a collection of the craziest funerals and wakes of all time

and a youtube playlist of 5 historically epic funerals.

Click on each image to learn more. Or scroll through our tumblr page.


I think it’s appropriate to end with some gravitas- here are my Top Five Funerals of all Time

Guest Blog: the British Humanist Association


Prepared London asked us to tell their readers a little about the British Humanist Association, so here goes! Continue reading

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