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Why not add an NAFD qualification to your professional achievements in 2018? The Association’s two Diploma courses provide comprehensive training for funeral service professionals and are considered the gold standard qualifications for the sector.
The Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration (Dip FAA) and the Diploma in Funeral Directing (Dip FD) are studied for across a period of between 9-15 months (dependent upon the qualification) and are delivered by a team of highly qualified NAFD approved tutors and assessed by the NAFD Board of Examiners.
In November, St. Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset launched a new funeral service in Taunton, in what it termed ‘a natural extension of its end of life care’ but, subsequently, was revealed to be part of a new commercial franchise business opportunity.
In its initial response, the NAFD highlighted how closely funeral directors work with hospices across the UK and support them with fundraising, often in discreet ways to avoid upsetting or offending anyone dealing with a terminal illness. The Association also observed that some hospices have rejected fundraising or donations from funeral homes, to avoid giving the impression of any connection or obligation to their clients – and the NAFD noted the apparent irony of a hospice now deciding to bypass these kinds of concerns and set up its own funeral service.
Many congratulations to our 2017 graduates, who celebrated their achievements and received their NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, or Funeral Arranging and Administration, this weekend.
The graduation ceremony took place at Birmingham City University, which endorses the NAFD’s qualifications programme, along with One Awards with the awards handed out by NAFD President Alison Crake and Dawn Albery, Head of Birmingham City Business School, in front of an audience packed full of family and friends.
The National Association of Funeral Directors responds to changes to Social Fund Funeral Payment
The National Association of Funeral Directors has responded to the Department of Work and Pension’s proposed changes to the Social Fund Funeral Payment expressing extreme disappointment that the Government’s proposals avoid tackling some of the benefit’s biggest failings – leaving bereaved families and funeral directors to continue picking up the pieces.
In response to a number of calls and queries, raised with the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), asking if there is any connection between the ‘Funeral Director Show’ (promoted by Mulberry Publications) and the National Funeral Exhibition 2019, we can confirm there is no connection between the two shows.
The National Funeral Exhibition 2019, which will take place from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June 2019, will showcase the latest, innovative products, inspiring thought leadership and business networking opportunities for the funeral profession. At National Funeral Exhibition 2019 you’ll find more than 200 exhibitors across a wide range of sectors, including vehicle fleets, coffins and caskets, professional equipment suppliers, printing and stationery companies, online memorial services, charities and a range of business advisory firms to support funeral directors with their business needs.
The latest in the NAFD’s series of essential skills training courses for members is a comprehensive first aid course.
The Association offers certificated First Aid Courses for the 3 day “First Aid at Work” qualification, the two day “First Aid at Work” re-qualification for those who already have the 3 year certificate and need to renew it, and the 1 day “Emergency First Aid at work” course. The options available for members are to have either a “Closed” course on their own premises for their own staff or to attend an “Open course” at various locations around the UK.
The 2017 NAFD Autumn Meeting, held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire, attracted one of the largest ever turnouts of members and included a keynote presentation from Funeral Planning Authority CEO Graeme McAusland, as well as a much-anticipated debate regarding the funeral plan market.
Making the keynote address, Graeme McAusland took NAFD members through a detailed overview of how the FPA works and is structured, and also offered further information on the recent change of structure from self-regulatory to Community Interest Company, with independent non-executive directors and a stakeholder group.
The NAFD is delighted to confirm that former head of the British Army and Durham University graduate, General Lord Richard Dannatt, will be keynote speaker at Conference 2018, which will be held in the stunning city of Durham, from 17-20 May 2018.
- BBC report shows many local authorities not meeting five-day target for registering a death
- NAFD’s view is that better coordination and overhaul of the death registration and certification process urgently needed
Evidence from members of the National Association of Funeral Directors, gathered over several years, shows significant increases in the length of time taken by local authorities in processing death registration and a lack of coordination between the various public agencies involved when a life ends. There is also a lack of information given to families about the process; a gap which the funeral profession often finds itself trying to fill.
- Report confirms funeral directors playing their part in addressing funeral cost concerns by restricting price increases
- However, burial and cremation fees rise above inflation once again
- Association argues it’s time for burial and cremation authorities to also act in the public interest by doing more to support grieving families
The National Association of Funeral Directors, whose members arrange 80% of the funerals taking place in the UK each year between them, has welcomed the 2017 National Funeral Cost Index report, by Royal London, and the evidence it provides of the hard work that funeral firms of all shapes and sizes are doing to support bereaved families. In particular, the NAFD welcomes confirmation that, after abstaining from price rises in 2016, funeral firms have pegged price rises at 2.1% this year – below the rate of inflation.