Catherine Powell

Times Have Changed

Times have changed, and finally funerals are changing too, but even funeral industry leaders are in denial as demonstrated by an article in The Times on December 2nd. Today's families are developing new rituals and traditions more in keeping with their beliefs, relationships and busy lifestyles than the Victorian-inspired formula offered ...
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Do's and Don'ts of Scattering Ashes

If you have chosen a cremation for your loved one you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to the final resting place for the ashes. Most crematoria will have a garden of remembrance where the ashes can be strewn but many people will prefer a less formal location, perhaps one that holds special memories for the family and allows the...
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10 Point Checklist for Choosing a Funeral Plan Provider

Following the publication earlier this month of the Funeral Plan Report by Fairer Finance, Pure Cremation has drawn up a 10 point checklist to help individuals get the right end result Know who you are dealing with – carry out research in advance. Have a clear understanding of your own wishes and make sure this is documented as this could have a be...
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The Professionals' Response to Direct Cremation

Over the last year we have had a fantastically positive response from most of the professionals we interact with when looking after clients who pass away in a non-hospital setting. They tell us how impressed they are by our swift response, the care our team demonstrate and our unique ability to make life a little easier for time-poor GPs. Pure Crem...
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Direct Cremation – the start of a funeral revolution?

Funerals help us to do two important things – say farewell to the person who has died and to carry out the disposal of their physical remains. Traditionally we've combined these two elements, but Direct Cremation separates the practical aspects of the cremation from any gathering to say goodbye, and for some families this offers a new level of free...
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Funeral arrangements among most common causes of death-related family disagreements

One of the world's top websites specialising in grief and bereavement has ranked funerals as one of the top ten causes of family conflict in the event of a death of a loved one ahead of custody of dependents and family relocations. Whatsyourgrief.com, has listed funerals as the seventh most common cause of dispute - ranking highly amongst other emo...
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Direct Cremations Rise Ten-fold as Families Realise the Benefit

Whilst a direct cremation might not suit everyone, the fact is that there is now a recognised alternative to a traditional funeral. The growing popularity of personalised farewells to loved ones who have passed away is contributing to a soar in demand for direct cremations. A growing number of UK families are moving away from the traditional funera...
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All in a Day's Work

As most of our customers choose to have their ashes delivered back to a family member our last important task is to complete this with care and consideration. We asked Paul Rea one of our operations team (pictured), to specialise in this role. Paul was delighted and really enjoys meeting our customers and learning more about their plans for their l...
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Catherine Powell

We Need to Talk About Death

At 8pm tonight (Wednesday Nov 30th) on BBC Radio 4 ​ in the first of a short series the renowned broadcaster Joan Bakewell brings her usual no-nonsense, taboo-breaking approach to the last rite of passage - death. If asked most of us will have an opinion about what a  "good death" looks like, and where we would choose to be...
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ITV Documentary Funerals: a costly undertaking

Funeral directors across the land would have braced themselves for yet another blasting from the media about costs when they saw the title of the latest ITV Tonight documentary that aired this evening, Thursday 3rd November. 2016. Yes, the usual points about the need for greater price transparency and lack of flexibility of serv...
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Catherine Powell

The story behind the pictures

Designing new brochures in what can be seen as a "taboo" service sector is challenging at the best of times...but it's even more difficult when you want to create a fresh, upbeat mood.  Catherine has been communicating a modern, customer-centred approach to funeral service for years, so finding the right words has been relatively str...
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Top 5 Myths About Direct Cremation

​ What is a direct cremation? Many people haven't heard of it and many of those who have are unsure what it is. Our research has shown that there are many misconceptions about direct cremations and these are the top 5 myths about this new and increasingly popular type of funeral. 1. A Direct Cremation is for Poor People While it is true that a dire...
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Top Ten Checklist to Ensure Direct Cremation Is Right for You

A direct cremation is a funeral without a service and without any mourners being present. It is growing in popularity as an alternative to a traditional funeral, especially after David Bowie and Anita Brookner chose to have a direct cremation. But is it right for you? The best way to find out is to look at the checklist below and if you agree with ...
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How the Funeral Industry Deprives You of Choice and What You Can Do About It

Funerals are one of the biggest sources of conflict among families. At a time when emotions are intense, the business of organising and paying for them can be extremely stressful. The first potential for conflict comes when a family has to agree on the type of funeral their loved one would have wanted. In the absence of clear guidance from a Will, ...
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Why Planning for the End Doesn’t Have to Be Morbid

In modern Western societies we are insulated from the reality of death in a way that was unimaginable for our ancestors. The distance we put between our lives and the inevitability of our own death and the death of our loved ones means that that we are called 'morbid' if we do talk about death. This judgement becomes even more severe if we go as fa...
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How to Broach the Subject of Your Funeral with Family Members

Guest Blogger: Dr Peter Hughes, Psychology and Broadcaster Talking about your funeral with your family is never easy. The main reason for this is because your family find it difficult to imagine life without you. Even when a terminal diagnosis is confirmed and people enter the last phase of life, the person dying is often more able to deal with thi...
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The Importance of Celebrating Your Life the Way You Want

How many funerals have you been to where you have thought, "This isn't the kind of funeral she would have wanted' or 'He was a wonderful man and there has to be a more personal way to celebrate his life.' Perhaps the thought crossed your mind, 'What kind of funeral do I want? How do I want people to remember me?' Many of us think the ritual of deat...
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BBC Interview with Pure Cremation.

Pure Cremation Director, Catherine Powell, spoke today to BBC West Midlands FM about the many ways to personalise a farewell. The media interest in alternatives to traditional funerals followed the widespread coverage of two anglers catching an 180lb carp using their friend's ashes as fish bait.  Speaking to the BBC, Catherine commented: "It's...
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Why Prince Has Taught Us That Farewells Can be Cost-effective and Personal

High profile people, such as David Bowie and Anita Brookner, have affirmed the liberating effect of simple cremations and show that they offer you the freedom to create a more personal farewell whilst paying a sensible amount. In fact, reports highlight that Prince's recent cremation service cost as little as $1,645 (£1,135.74) *source: The Telegra...
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Catherine Powell

Homeward Bound

​Starting a new life in Britain can be an exciting adventure, but trying to arrange a fitting funeral far from your native land can be incredibly daunting. The cost of returning your loved one home to a European country such as Lithuania, Holland or Spain is high enough, travelling further afield such as to Canada or Australia i...
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08 December 2017
Times have changed, and finally funerals are changing too, but even funeral industry leaders are in denial as demonstrated by an article in ...
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09 August 2017
If you have chosen a cremation for your loved one you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to the final resting place for the ashes.Mo...
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21 July 2017
Following the publication earlier this month of the Funeral Plan Report by Fairer Finance, Pure Cremation has drawn up a 10 point checklist to help in...
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