Can you have an awards ceremony for the people who work in the funeral industry?
Of course you can.
With our distinctive British sense of humour we can celebrate those people who do outstanding work for the bereaved.
Since 2012 we’ve been recognising the great work of the country’s best gravediggers, embalmers and funeral directors.
The ceremony is a bridge between the general public and the much misunderstood funeral industry.
We’ve championed the entrepreneurs, pioneers and progressives.
Our winners have gone on to make media appearances and dispel some of the myths around what happens when we die.
We listen to the general public and get their views on the standard of customer service.
We collate their views, offer them to the judges for verification, and then draw up a list of nominees.
In 2016 the awards will be presented at a lunch at the Porchester Hall in London on Thursday 8 September.
It’ll be the biggest party in funeralworld – well, since last year’s awards. Take a look what BuzzFeed wrote about us here.
Winning one of our awards is a sign that the public can come to you and enjoy the high-quality service they deserve.
Here is a video of last year’s event in Winchester.
Sky TV made a documentary about the 2012 event.
If you work in the funeral industry and you enjoy day out with networking, photo opportunities and a celebrity appearance, you need to be there.
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I never thought the title of Gravedigger of the Year would open doors!
You did a brilliant job over the weekend, it was relaxed, well organised, wacky and enlightening. Thank you.
Just a quickie to say thanks ever so for a great weekend. I know how much time and effort is needed to put these events on. This didn’t pass unnoticed. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, eye-opening and valuable weekend.
I just wanted to say how impressed I was with Friday’s event. I really think you’re on to something that could get big! Great to get the coverage on Saturday Live too. Well done all round.
A highlight was a bracing walk on the beach after all that Death! Loved the druggie thing too – splendidly controversial! And yes, I’ll be back – what a hoot!
Congratulations again for such an enjoyable and successful weekend.
Congratulations on yet another wonderful weekend. Much fun had by all.
I have come for the first time this year to attend and very much enjoyed it. I hope to come again next year! I particularly enjoyed the three Death Cafés I went to. I appreciated the discussions. I made new connections and renewed old ones. All together a wonderful weekend. My vegetarian dinner was not very good. Can you improve on that next year?
What another great event – thoroughly enjoyable.
Cheer up! Death is round the corner
Written in the diary of Sibelius (aged 91)
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