Ever found it difficult to talk to non-industry friends about your job? Dead Meet aims to change that.
Funeral Poverty is on the rise, the average cost of a funeral is now £7,622 leaving 1 in 5 saying they would struggle to pay. National funeral debt is estimated to be worth £117 million.
Despite tangible progress in social attitudes and legislation, the grief of many gay and lesbian people who lose their spouses still goes unrecognised
As Dominic’s interview from February 4th with widower Richard demonstrated, losing a partner can be especially difficult in the UK if they happened to be a member of the same sex. Why, in a country often considered the best place in Europe to be gay, is there still such inequality? Panagiotis Pentaris, a specialist in the study of gay widows and widowers and a PhD Researcher in Faiths & Civil Society at Goldsmiths College, gave me his take on the situation. Continue reading
Is it time for regulation of the funeral industry?
Yet again another scandal has rocked the press about the funeral trade. Dame Elish Angiolini’s report on the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal revealed staff at the crematorium buried babies ashes in secret and, shockingly, the ashes left in the crematorium overnight would often be mixed with adult remains. Angiolini’s report accused funeral directors of failing to question the practice. Reaction to the findings suggests that an investigation into the industry is eminent.
Eco products are big business but many small producers find it difficult to get their product onto the Undertaker’s shop floor.
Roger Fowle, of Weaverman Baskets in Cambridgeshire, weaves coffins from Somerset willow. He has run into resistance when trying to get his product onto the shop floor. Fowle thinks, ‘a lot of it is to do with profit, the undertaker’s profit, they make a huge amount from selling a coffin’. When trying to get his coffins stocked he was told to cut prices, but Fowle argues that doing this would affect his bottom line.
The Law society urges people to leave instructions for their digital legacies and points out that failing to plan for how your digital life is dealt with could mean the loss of important and sentimental information. In addition to this, leaving clear instruction with how to deal with your social media, online banking and email accounts will leave no doubt as to whether you wish to have a digital epitaph on Facebook and will make access to accounts easier for those handling your estate.
Should you find yourself with nothing to do, check out our compilation of documentaries and reality television series exclusively about the trade.
Warning: Some of these videos contain scenes of a graphic nature
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.
Dara Ó Briain, with special guest Jay Walker of TEDMED, will host the Imagining the Future of Medicine Conference at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The conference will feature speakers at the forefront of medicine who will explore how we can make the future of medicine brighter. The list of speakers is awe inspiring, including our most anticipated speaker, Katherine Sleeman, who will talk about how to have a good death. Watch a livestream of the event here and check out the highlights in our live blog. All the action begins at 14:00 BST, join us for what promises to be an enlightening afternoon.
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.