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 http://goodfuneralawards.co.uk/nominate/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
At a glittering dinner in the Ocean View Hotel in Bournemouth on Saturday 7 September, actress Pam St Clement handed out 15 coffin ‘Oscars’ to mark the Good Funeral Awards 2013. The coffins were made and donated by William Wainman of Ecoffins.
Winner: Poppy Mardall
Runner-up: Stacey Bentley
Winner: Liz Davis
Runner-up: Angie Maclachlan
Winner: Yuli Somme
Runner-up: Roger Fowle
Winner: Rotherfield Greys
Runner-up: Sun Rising
Winner: Andy Barlow, Colwyn Bay crematorium.
Runner-up: Mandy Ryan and Martin McEvilly, Redditch crematorium
Winner: Stuart Goodacre from Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
Runner-up: Paul Rackham from Diss in Norfolk
Winner: Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds for Say Their Name, a video made for the Compassionate Friends — http://beyondgoodbye.co.uk/?page_id=3918
Runner-up: Teresa Evans – http://evansaboveonline.co.uk
Winner: Barbara Millar
Runner-up: Lynne Watson
Winner: Heather Gorringe
Runner-up: Donald Thornford
Winner: Jean Francis
Runner-up: Pia Interlandi
Winner: Rosie Grant, Natural Endings
Winner: Dee Besley – Rosedale Funeral Home
Runner-up: Angela Bailey — Harrison Funeral Home
Winner: Paula Rainey Crofts
Runner-up: Josefine Speyer
Winner: John Harris — T Cribb & Sons
Runner-up David Summers — AW Lymn, The Family Funeral Service
If you would like hi-res copies of these professional photographs, or see others, they are available at a cost of £20 each. Please contact David Graham through his website – http://www.davidgraham.net
If you would like a nomination/winner certificate, they are also available at a cost of £20 each. Please email email@example.com
Many thanks to Ecoffins for their generous support
A Death Café is when a small group of people sit around to share their feelings, fears and experiences of death over a cup of tea or coffee.
The Good Funeral Awards Weekend will begin with a Death Café at 4.30pm on Friday 6 September. There will be Cafés at 10am and 4.30pm on the Saturday, and a final session at 10am on Sunday 8 September.
Cradle to Grave will be supplying the yurt which will host discussions in the garden of the Ocean View Hotel.
Jean Francis from Pre-Need Funeral Planning has donated 100 coffin biscuits to nibble on while we discuss the big subject in life.
Broadcaster and Guardian obituarist, Michael Freedland, will host the ‘Lemon Table Lunch’ at the Cottonwood Hotel, from 12-2pm on Sunday 8 September 2013, as part of the Bournemouth Good Funeral Awards weekend.
The lemon is an emblem of death for the Chinese. Julian Barnes wrote a short story about how Sibelius used to attend a ‘Lemon Table’ where it was ‘permissable – indeed obligatory – to talk about death.’
Mr Freedland will be talking about ‘Hollywood Funerals’.
Any members of the public who would like to join the lunch can buy a ticket for £15.
The judging panel of the Good Funeral Awards have sifted through more than 600 nominations for this year’s Good Funeral Awards and have longlisted the following.
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. We sold out last year, and we do not wish to turn nominees away this year.
Heaven on Earth Bespoke Green & Pink Funerals Most Promising New Funeral Director
Poppy Mardall – Poppy’s Funerals
Charlotte Graham – Charlotte Graham Funeral Directors
Sarah Stuart and Lel Wallace – Wallace Stuart
Stacey Bentley – AW Lymn the Family Funeral Service
Christian Fairbrother – Rosedale Funeral Home
Rory Craig – Hinton Park Woodland Burial Ground
Hazel Pittwood – FC Douch
Leah Edwards – Country Funerals
Embalmer of the Year
Liz Davis – freelance
Lisa Fox – Southampton area Co-operative Funeralcare.
Angie McLachlan – freelance
The Eternal Slumber Award for Coffin Supplier of the Year
Yuli Somme – Bellacouche,
Roger Fowle – Willow Coffins
Martin Wenyon – Coffins Direct
Most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death
The Natural Death Handbook
Barbara Chalmers – Final Fling
Crematorium Attendant of the Year
Andy at Colwyn Bay
Paul Lawrance at Haycombe
Mandy Ryan and Martin McEvilly at Redditch
Best Internet Bereavement Resource
Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds for: Say Their Name, made for the Compassionate Friends.
Kim Bird for http://www.rightchoicefunerals.com/home
James Norris for http://www.deadsoci.al/
The Natural Death Centre for its website: http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk/
Teresa Evans for http://evansaboveonline.co.uk/
Jean Francis for www.pre-needfuneralplanning.co.uk
The Blossom d’Amour Award For Funeral Floristry
Heather Gorringe – Great British Florist
Donald Thornford — Blue Geranium
Helen Pyle — Flowers by Helen
Funeral Celebrant of the Year
Canon Reverend Eve Pits
Cemetery of the Year Award
Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground
Cardiff and the Vale
Higher Ground Meadow
Gravedigger of the Year
Stuart Goodacre, Horncastle, Lincolnshire
Steve Swyer, Epsom Cemetery
Funeral Planning Services Best Funeral Arranger
Dee Besley – Rosedale Funeral Home
Angela Bailey – Harrison Funeral Home, Enfield, Middlesex
Sue Kilday – EH Crouch Funeral Directors
Joyce Callaghan – AW Lymn, the Family Funeral Service
The Bereavement Register Funeral Director of the Year
John Harris – T Cribb and Sons in Beckton East London
David Summers – AW Lymn, the Family Funeral Service
Richard Green – Rosedale, Diss
Jeremy Clutterbuck – L.W.Clutterbuck
Cara Mair – Arka, Brighton
Best Alternative to a Hearse
V W Funerals
David Hall, vintage lorry.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Paula Rainey Crofts & Simon Dorgan
GreenAcres Woodland Burials Green Funeral Director of the Year
Rosie Grant from Natural Endings
Leverton & Sons
Heaven on Earth
The Green Funeral Company
Winners will be announced by Pam St Clement at a dinner in the Ocean View Hotel on Saturday 7 September.
CERTIFICATES OF NOMINATION
If you would like to order a full-colour A4 certificate confirming your nomination, which can be displayed in your premises, we can supply one for £20. You can either pick up the certificate on the night or we will send it to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and an address to send the invoice.