The panel has sifted through hundreds of nominations for this year’s Good Funeral Awards.
The judges have requested that their deliberations remain secret. While they appreciate that many people will be disappointed, they wish to remind everyone that this is an annual event, and each year the method of selection improves. Please do not lose heart, just enter again next year.
If you are a nominee, make sure you’ve got a ticket for the dinner at the University of Winchester on 5 September 2015. We sold out last year, and we do not wish to turn nominees away this year. Accommodation is available at the University of Winchester.
Private Pike (Ian Lavender) from Dad’s Army will be presenting the awards.
If you’re a nominee, why not spend the whole weekend with us at the Ideal Death Show.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF YOU HAVE WON AN AWARD BEFORE, ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WILL YOU BE ON THE LONGLIST FOR A SECOND TIME.
To make the most of the nomination, we recommend you send a press release about the Good Funeral Awards to your local newspaper. If you email us we can send you a template which you can adapt.
We can supply you with a certificate of nomination and a digital logo to put on your website for £25 + VAT.
To order please call 07545 232980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The money raised goes towards paying for the very fine Anubis statues for the winners.
We have longlisted the following:
Funeral Director of the Year
Embalmer of the Year
Julie Smith – Stibbards and Sons Leigh-on-Sea
Most Promising New Funeral Director of the Year sponsored by the Church of England
Funeral Arranger of the Year
Celebrant of the Year
Rev Juliet Stephenson
Pauline Hyde Coomber
Lifetime Achievement Award
Felicity Warner – Soul Midwives
Nigel Lymn Rose – A.W.Lymn
Mark Green – Co-founder the Bereavement Services Association
Josephine Speyer – Natural Death Centre
Charles Cowling – Good Funeral Guide
Major Contribution to the Understanding of Death
Carla Valentine – St Bart’s Pathology Museum
Felicity Warner – Soul Midwives
Hermione Elliott – Living Well Dying Well
Claire Turnham – Only with Love
Professor Tony Walter – Centre of Death and Society, University of Bath
Best Alternative Hearse sponsored by Motorcycle Funerals
Cemetery of the Year
Portchester Memorial Gardens
Respect, Green Burial site at Laughton in Lincolnshire
Westmill Burial Ground, Swindon
Florist of the Year
Association of Green Funeral Directors Green Funeral Director of the Year
Carrie Weekes and Fran Glover at A Natural Undertaking
Maggie and Tony Brinklow at Margaret Rose Funerals
Tracy O’Leary at Woodland Wishes
Jonathan Mees and Ian Hope at Oak Funeral Services
Andy Hands – Bramcote Crematorium, Nottingham
Charles Howlett – Superintendent at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham
Gravedigger of the Year
Ivor Davies – Gwaelody y Brithdir, Caerphilly County Borough Council
Stuart Goodacre – Horncastle Cemetery
Andy Slade – Fairspear and Westmill
Coffin Supplier of the Year
Best Bereavement Resource
Mortuary Assistant (APT) Team or Individual sponsored by Respect Everybody Shrouds
Mrs Sarah Davis – Lead APT/Mortuary Manager at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Michelle Lancaster, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Mortuary Team at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire
Kristoffer Hughes – Her Majesty’s Coroner
The Mortuary Team at the Princess Royal Hospital, Orpington.
Barbara Peters – Mortuary Services, University College London Hospital
Mortuary Team The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Mortuary (APT) Team Rob Charlsworth & Les Fern – DRI Doncaster, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust