A Funeral for Extinct Species

By |2019-04-18T13:22:15+00:00November 27th, 2018|Talking about Death|

On Saturday November 24th Greenwood Funerals played a key role in staging an unusual funeral.    Around two hundred people walked slowly through Frome behind a coffin symbolising a Funeral for Extinct Species.  Traffic was diverted and many curious onlookers were riveted as we walked past.  It was both a moment of pure theatre and [...]

“My Father’s Wake” by Kevin Toolis

By |2019-04-18T13:22:15+00:00November 14th, 2018|Talking about Death|

Have you even been to an Irish Wake?  I have just read “My Father’s Wake” by Kevin Toolis.  The book is subtitled “How the Irish Teach Us to Love, Live and Die”.  It is a powerful book written by someone who has engaged head-on with the harsh reality of death in many of the most [...]

Funeral Directors Serving the Community

By |2019-04-18T13:22:15+00:00May 29th, 2018|Arranging a Funeral|

  Doing Things Differently as a Funeral Director Until recently, funeral directors were local family owned businesses serving the community.  Although their names may carry on, many formerly independent funeral directors have now been taken over by the big players in the funeral industry like Co-op Funeralcare and Dignity.  Arranging funerals has ceased to be [...]

Non-Religious Funerals

By |2019-04-18T13:22:16+00:00May 29th, 2018|The Funeral Service|

  Creating the Right Funeral for Friends and Family In the funeral world, everyone tends to assume that we can have either religious funerals or humanist, non-religious funerals.  Why?  I think it's because as a society we love simple choices between one thing or another when often the reality is more nuanced and complex.  Strictly, [...]

Good Funerals – Bad Funerals

By |2019-04-18T13:22:16+00:00May 10th, 2018|The Funeral Service|

Why Do Good Funerals Matter? When I meet people who I don’t know for the first time in a social setting and I say what what I do for a living as a funeral director and celebrant, they often tell me about a funeral which they remember. Usually it’s a family member like a parent [...]