CMA consults on adding funeral plans to market investigation

CMA consults on adding funeral plans to market investigation

The NAFD is pleased to see the Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on whether a potential market investigation into the funeral sector should include services “supplied by funeral directors in the United Kingdom arising from the redemption of...
The NAFD confirms cross-sector support for statutory regulation

The NAFD confirms cross-sector support for statutory regulation

Members of the National Association of Funeral Directors, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, have given their backing to tighter regulation of the funeral profession that will help them demonstrate the high quality and standards of care they offer to bereaved...
Burial and cremation price rises generate £95m profit for councils

Burial and cremation price rises generate £95m profit for councils

In January, following Freedom of Information Requests to local councils, Royal London revealed that above-inflation increases in local authority cremation and burial fees has generated profits of almost £100 million for councils in the last year, with an average...
Registration certificate fee in England and Wales to increase

Registration certificate fee in England and Wales to increase

With effect from 16 February 2019, the issue of all death registration certificates, by the General Register Office (GRO), in England and Wales will incur a new fee of £11, regardless of when the registration took place.  This replaces the previous fees of £4, £7...
Sky high memorials offer families new choices

Sky high memorials offer families new choices

The sky’s the limit for a growing number of families, who are choosing fireworks and spaceflight for their final goodbye, in the search for ever-more imaginative and personalised ways to mark the life of a loved one. Funeral Director Monthly talks to specialist firms...
A record year for student achievement

A record year for student achievement

More than 70 graduates of the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration, Diploma in Funeral Directing and Certificate in Education gathered with friends and family at Birmingham City University, in December, to receive their awards and celebrate their...
Chief Executive Viewpoint – January 2019

Chief Executive Viewpoint – January 2019

It is with great delight that we welcome in the New Year having completed the corporate restructure that was unanimously approved by the membership at the Autumn General Meeting in October. NAFD is now a company limited by guarantee, and the Executive meeting on 24...

NAFD responds to three-year delay on EU formaldehyde ban

Visiting a deceased loved one in the chapel of rest can understandably be a distressing experience for some people. However it can also be comforting, and it is proven to be an important part of the grieving process. Even with refrigeration, the human body will begin...
Educating tomorrow’s bereaved adults, today

Educating tomorrow’s bereaved adults, today

By Abi Pattenden, President of the NAFD I want to present two issues to you, ones that the funeral profession has often considered separately but which I firmly believe are inextricably linked – and which come together to give the funeral profession and wider...

Public dismiss claims of rising extreme funeral poverty

Despite the frenzy led by some politicians over funeral poverty, the number of people unable to afford a funeral has not grown in two years, according to YouGov research. The new survey revealed that 12% of people surveyed said they had no means of paying for a...
Normalise talking about death – don’t trivialise it

Normalise talking about death – don’t trivialise it

By David Barrington, NAFD Vice President It’s vitally important to encourage people to talk about the end of life and sometimes the unexpected does help to unlock conversation. The NAFD has campaigned for years to encourage people to think about and put plans in place...
Is wearing bright colours to a funeral unfair on children?

Is wearing bright colours to a funeral unfair on children?

By Alison Crake, Past President of the National Association of Funeral Directors On behalf of the NAFD, this week I have been asked to participate in radio interviews, including on BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio Tees (click here to listen to the interview), commenting on...