Transition period or non-statutory backstop?

Transition period or non-statutory backstop?

As members will be all too aware, the death certification system in England and Wales has remained largely unchanged for over fifty years and is no longer fit for purpose. Since The Shipman Inquiry, there has been much discussion about how the systems for...
Chief Executive Viewpoint – March 2019

Chief Executive Viewpoint – March 2019

We are waiting with bated breath on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decision as to whether it will conduct a market investigation reference (MIR), following the consultation on its funerals market study, published in November 2018. The smart money is on a...
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...
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...
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...
How funeral directors support bereaved families at Christmas

How funeral directors support bereaved families at Christmas

By Alison Crake, NAFD President Christmas is a time for family. The swapping of gifts, a festive pint down the pub, noisy and competitive board games, trips to the panto, walks in the winter countryside and so on. Indeed, we are relentlessly informed of our duty to...
Is it right to use bereavement to sell burgers?

Is it right to use bereavement to sell burgers?

By Jeremy Field Past President, the National Association of Funeral Directors Earlier this month, there was a rash of newspaper articles decrying fast food chain McDonald’s for including the example of a young boy, struggling to connect with his late father,...
Euphemisms for death and how they can affect grief

Euphemisms for death and how they can affect grief

The French writer and philosopher Voltaire once wrote: “One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.” Voltaire’s words are a great and simple explanation of why people use euphemisms, in that they allow us to substitute a word or phrase that we find...