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July 16, 2018
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Funeral Plans – latest News and Headlines

These days Funeral Plans and funeral planning services, in general, are regularly making headline news; so much so that with the busy lives we lead, it can be hard to keep abreast of all the latest reports and updates. So to help keep you informed, here is a summary of the latest funeral planning services news and events that have happened over the last couple of months – good and bad. An investigation into funeral costs and prepaid funeral plans announced At the beginning of June, both the Competition and Markets Authority and the Treasury announced their independent reviews on funeral costs and funeral […]
June 25, 2018
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Death is changing — can the Catholic Church change with it?

With cremation on the rise, cemetery space dwindling, and cryogenic freezing around the corner, the Vatican is facing some tough decisions. The Catholic Church preaches the importance of following ritual, especially when it comes to burial practices. It stresses that, if possible, one’s whole body should be buried in a Catholic cemetery after carrying out a traditional Catholic funeral service, which involves the wake, the funeral mass, and the final interment prayer at the gravesite. If it was good enough for Jesus, reasons the Vatican, it’s certainly good enough for everybody else. But in 2018, choosing cremation over full-body burial […]
June 18, 2018
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How To Compare Funeral Plans

Having read an article recently ‘Prepaid Funeral plans; what you need to know before you buy’ I felt compelled to put pen to paper (or whatever the equivalent is these days in our new super high tech world) and clarify a few points; in particular the best way to compare funeral plans. The truth about funeral plans In general, the article that focuses’ on the security and value of prepaid funeral plans is thankfully extremely balanced; a breath of fresh air after recent scaremongering and attention seeking headlines. It clearly makes the point that a prepaid funeral plan can save […]
June 11, 2018
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5 Tips on How to Find Affordable Cremation Services in the UK

For most people, there comes a point in life where they will need to be involved in the arranging of a funeral service for someone close to them. This is not something that we are well prepared for in our culture, but with the right knowledge and resources, it can be a stress-free event that assists in the healing process. When sending a loved one off, doing it in a way that they would’ve appreciated and one that is a true representation of their spirit, can be a cathartic experience. What Are My Options? In the UK, there are several different routes […]
June 4, 2018
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Rid The Funeral Industry of Shady Players

Along with the summer, the 1st June marks the dawn of another important day; the day when both the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Treasury announced their reviews on both funeral costs and prepaid funeral plans in the UK. At long last, it appears that the somewhat shadier side of the funeral plan market will be forced to clean up its act or move out of the way because, by the sound of it, the big guns are coming to town – possibly in the form of the FCA (the Financial Conduct Authority). Why is change needed? The funeral plan market has expanded rapidly […]
June 1, 2018
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Plan For A Long Life

Who doesn’t love a good calculator – one of those whizzy tools on the internet that with the simple addition of a few details, tells you everything from how NHS hospitals perform in your area to how much a funeral costs. So I was thrilled with the BBCs latest life expectancy calculator showing how long you are expected to live based on where you live in the world. By simply entering your age, gender and the country you live in, the life expectancy calculator will work out in a flash how long on average you should expect to live and what percentage of your life […]
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 […]