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...