Material world: coffins are no longer simply wooden

If asked to picture a coffin, many people will probably conjure up the image of a wooden box with metal handles.  However, the reality is that coffins are now available in a wide variety of materials and styles. 

Download our funeral planning resource here

During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018, we launched our latest funeral planning resource. 

Charity update: Freeman Brothers Funeral Directors supporting local charities

When Freeman Brothers returned to the South of England Show in 2018, there were several elements to the offering on our stand, one of which was to incorporate some charity fundraising.

Freeman Brothers joins MuchLoved

There are many innovations taking place in the funeral industry, from funeral announcements via social media to webcasting funeral services.  With the internet and contemporary technologies offering different methods of continuing familiar traditions, one of the most popular newer developments in this industry is to facilitate donations to charity being made online. 

New system for Medical Examiners is announced

In June, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that a new system of death certification would be brought into effect in England in Wales in April 2019.

National Association of Funeral Directors Conference 2018 round-up

We’ve just returned from the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) Conference, held 18th to 20th May in the beautiful North-East of England. The NAFD’s calendar runs from mid-May. Each year welcomes a new President, who, at the end of the year, holds a Conference in their local area. President for 2017-18 was Alison Crake, […]

The perspective of a newcomer

Having joined the company in October 2017, Becky shares some of the things she’s enjoyed learning during her first few months…

Dying Matters Awareness Week – daily blog

One of the key benefits of increased dialogue about death, dying and bereavement, is finding out how people of varying beliefs deal with these issues, and how their rites and rituals differ- and have commonality- with our own.

Coming soon – save the date!

Death is a topic that many people are reluctant to talk about, and since 2009 the Dying Matters Coalition have been trying to change this.  It would seem lately that some progress has been made –Disney has made a groundbreaking film, “Coco”, and there have been an increasing number of books launched discussing many aspects […]