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Guest Speaker
October 14, 2016
My former employer was probably better known for being an entertaining public speaker than he was for being a funeral director. Whether it was the WI, Rotary, Probus, U3A or numerous other groups, he knew just how to weave a spell over his audience with his tales of the lighter side of undertaking. ...
Funeral costs have doubled since 2004 according to latest research
October 5, 2016
It's hard to believe that the average cost of a funeral has doubled since 2004, from £1,920 to today’s price tag of almost £4,000.  Even more bewildering is the latest SunLife Cost of Dying Report also revealed that had prices increased in line with normal inflation (CPI), the average cost of a funeral ...
Switch and get more from your pension
October 4, 2016
As people spend longer and longer enjoying the freedom of retirement, your pension assumes greater and greater importance. That importance is overshadowed by the complexity of the whole subject – a complexity that is made even more serious by periodic changes to the rules regarding UK pensions.    Take the changes that were introduced by the ...
Mortgages for the over 50s
September 26, 2016
Typically, a mortgage is a long-term commitment. The younger you are, the wider your options when it comes to repaying a mortgage over many years to come. As you move into your 50s, however, applying for a mortgage or a remortgage may involve different considerations – not least the number of years over ...
Eating healthy in your 60s
September 23, 2016
Look at any of the official statistics and it is clear that people are living much longer these days.    But is there really any advantage in living all those extra years if your health has deserted you and, with it, any quality of life? Diet plays a large part in looking after your health, ...
Dementia: planning ahead with your loved one
September 21, 2016
According to the charity Alzheimer’s Support, more than 800,000 people in this country suffer from dementia. This figure is set to rise to more than 1 million by the year 2021 and to 1.7 million by 2050.    In its various forms – including Alzheimer’s disease, for example – the chances of you or ...
My partner has just died; how do I know if they had a funeral plan in place?
September 19, 2016
An article on the BBC this week highlighted an increasing number of families are checking whether their loved one had a prepaid funeral plan in place following their death.  The last thing you want to be doing when you have just lost a close family member is hunting around to see if they ...
How To Be A Funeral Director
September 16, 2016
It would be nice to say that being a funeral director is just like people think it is: social work for the newly bereaved, guiding them through the blistering initial stages of their loss; listening, advising and steering their grief in a healing direction by enabling them to hold a meaningful funeral ceremony. ...

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