Funeral Director Monthly magazine

Funeral Director Monthly is the journal of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Packed full of news about the ltest developments in the funeral profession and the changing nature of funerals, not only in the UK but around the world, Funeral Director Monthly is a must-read for the 4,000 funeral home members of the NAFD. The magazine also carries news from member firms and a meetings/events well as analysis of the latest developments in all of the UK’s parliaments and assemblies, and in Europe, we well as more general business issues such as employment law changes and health and safety matters.

First published in 1921 as a black and white newsletter (known as BUA Monthly), it was then dubbed the “official organ of the British Undertakers’ Association”. In newspaper style, it carried a series of reports on key national and regional Association meetings, general industry updates and members’ news, while advertising was in the form of undertakers’ and carriage masters’ professional and trade cards.

Almost 100 years later Funeral Director Monthly is now a leading industry magazine, devoted to updating NAFD members and stakeholders on the latest industry news, legislative changes and NAFD campaigns, highlighting changes in consumer trends and supporting the continuous professional development of funeral service employees.   

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In recent issues…

Is it right to use bereavement to sell burgers?

“A piece of advice we give families that are struggling to talk about loss is to find something small that can open up a discussion. How is what McDonald’s did any different from the small conversations people have every day when they look at their child and say ‘Goodness me you look like your Grandad.”

Euphemisms for death and how they can affect grief

The writer Voltaire said: “One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.” Euphemisms allow us to substitute a word or phrase that we find difficult to articulate for something less awkward or upsetting. And surely there is no topic that makes us feel more uncomfortable than death?