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May 21, 2018
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The 10 Distinct Qualities of A Funeral Home Director

Here at Secure Funeral Solutions, we know that funeral service community is made up of some of the most dedicated and kind-hearted people one could ever meet. We feel honoured to serve such an incredible profession. However, we know that many people who don’t work in funeral service are unaware of the different characteristics and personality traits one must possess in order to be a funeral director. To show our appreciation and admiration for one of the hardest working groups of people you’ll ever meet, we wanted to shine a spotlight on what makes funeral directors special. 1. Empathy Taking […]
May 14, 2018
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The NAFD has a new CEO

We’re pleased to recently being advised that the National Association of Funeral Directors has appointed an interim CEO, some four months since the role became vacant. It’s been quite a while without a steady hand at the NAFD tiller, and taking on the tasks that would normally be the responsibility of the CEO must have been immensely demanding on the current president, Alison Crake, her vice presidents and the officer team. We’re sure that they are all very pleased to have the esteemed Graham Lymn come on board to step into the empty CEO shoes, albeit temporarily. As part of […]
May 9, 2018
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Why Write A Will?

If you do not write a Will, you have no control over what happens to your estate – all your possessions, property, and money – after you die. Without a Will, you are said to have died “intestate”, and your surviving relatives and friends are likely to be left with anguishing decisions – not to mention time and hassle – about the distribution of your assets. As a last resort, the distribution of your assets may need to be determined by intestacy laws and the courts, explains Citizens Advice. By writing a Will, you may even be able to preserve the value […]
April 30, 2018
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How Much Does Funeral Cost?

How much does a funeral cost in the UK? Probably rather more than you imagined with the Money Advice Service reporting that a funeral arranged in the usual way costs, on average, £3,675.  And if you thought those funeral costs were already very high, there seems little chance of the situation changing at all in the future. The Cost of Dying Every year, insurers Sun Life publish a report entitled The Cost of Dying – the average costs involved in arranging a funeral and a host of related services. The Cost of Dying Report for 2017 indicates that the average cost of […]
April 23, 2018
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Are Monthly Payment Funeral Plans a Good Idea?

Given the rising cost of funerals and the low-interest rates on savings, there is little wonder that funeral plans, allowing you to save money by fixing funeral costs at today’s prices are a good idea; but what about a monthly instalment funeral plan ? With the additional fees incurred for spreading your funeral costs over a longer period, are monthly payment funeral plans a good idea? The answer is undoubted, yes, but don’t just take my word for it. Read on and see for yourself. Funeral Costs – The Facts Although the latest SunLife Cost of Dying Report 2017 shows […]
April 10, 2018
Graveyard with burial plot

How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Burial Plot?

A question I get asked a lot is ‘how much does it cost to buy a burial plot ’ to which I usually reply ‘how much is a piece of string’. I am not meaning to be facetious or unhelpful but the cost of burial plots or burial lairs as they are known in Scotland really do vary that much. Along with burial plots there are other considerations too such as headstones or grave plaques, exclusive rights of burial and size of burial plot required which again muddies the water when talking about total burial costs. So although I can’t […]
April 3, 2018
coping with grief

How Do I Cope With Grief?

The death of someone close to us typically releases very personal emotions. Coping with grief is likely to vary considerably from one person to another and from one time to another. How do I cope with grief? The very personal nature of grief and bereavement means that there is no right or wrong way to cope with the emotions unleashed, explains guidance published by the NHS. Our reactions are likely to be most powerful in response to the death of a loved one. Although just the one-word “grief” is used to describe the process, it is not just one feeling, but […]
March 22, 2018
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Direct Cremation vs Traditional Funeral

It is no longer thought to be macabre to consider how you want to be laid to rest whether direct cremation or traditional funeral burial. Indeed, with an increasing number of options these days not only to plan the event but also to pay for it in advance, your forethought might save your friends and relations a lot of soul-searching and agonised decision-making – not to mention your saving them from having to foot the bill too. Direct cremation or traditional funeral? For anyone with the picture in mind of a traditional, frock-suited, formal funeral, direct cremation may seem anathema. There is […]