The Good Funeral Awards

Bournville, Birmingham to host the first ‘Ideal Death Show’

15 May, 2014

Nominations have opened for the third Good Funeral Awards.

The Oscars of the funeral industry will be awarded on Saturday 6 September at a glittering ceremony in Bournville.

The ceremony will be part of the first Ideal Death Show from 5-7 September. Instead of the gold-plated statuettes, the funeral winners will receive statues of the Egyptian god of embalming, Anubis.

The awards recognise outstanding service to the bereaved. There are 15 categories including most promising new funeral director, coffin supplier of the year, best alternative hearse and gravedigger of the year. Anyone wishing to acknowledge excellent service they have experienced at a funeral is eligible to make a nomination by filling in a form at

The Ideal Death Show will include an exhibition of funeral merchandise. Times columnist, Ann Treneman, will speak about ‘How people get buried in the wrong graves’, Oldie columnist Virginia Ironside will speak about ‘Self-deliverance’ and there will also be a lecture on ‘What it feels like to die’.

There will also be death cafés – opportunities to discuss the grim reaper over tea and cake.

The event will be hosted by leading consumer advocacy groups, the Good Funeral Guide, the Natural Death Centre and Final Fling.

Tickets are available to the general public on application. Please email

Charles Cowling, author of the Good Funeral Guide, said ‘They’re not weird, these great funeral people, they’re wonderful. Above all they’re amazingly normal, just like us. Kind. Decent. Friends in need. The world needs to know this. And they richly deserve to have their praises sung and their stories told. This event is where we get to do that.’

For more information please call Brian Jenner on 01202 551257.