#theyneverdothat: How accurate is the depiction of funeral directors on telly?

The BBC is currently running a Twitter/online story (#theyneverdothat) about the details TV programmes always get wrong about various professions.

The NAFD couldn’t resist the chance to set the record straight about the often inaccurate depiction of the funeral profession on the box and share with the BBC what a wonderful bunch of caring professionals our members are.

We’ve told the BBC:

“Funeral directors are often depicted on television as slightly sinister, very solemn beings in black top hats lurking around graveyards. The reality is that whilst they do wear their formal uniform when paging a funeral and they are respectful and professional on what is a very difficult day for families, they are also human beings – often part of family businesses that have served the community for many generations.

“We know hundreds of them and they are warm and supportive people who spend a lot of time with families talking about the person they’ve lost and helping them to deal with their sorrow as well as organise a farewell.

“If asked they will wear a different colour to reflect the interests or passions of the person who has died. They will organize a Star Wars or Viking-themed funeral if that’s important to the family (true story), or arrange for ashes to be scattered using a firework display or turned into a memorial diamond. Funeral directors are often maligned but they are an incredibly dedicated bunch of people doing a tough job.

“Sinister? Nah, they are just as likely to be daredevil skydivers, talented singers, committed charity fundraisers or daring motor racing enthusiasts as the next person. Have you ever seen BBC4’s ‘Some Funeral Directors with Jokes’?!”