What a swanky event it was this year, packed to the rafters, including a few suited folk from the conventional side of things; good to see them venturing out into the modern, progressive funeral world. See here for the brilliant introductory talk given by Ru Callender

We were delighted to see several NDC recommended companies take to the stage to receive their ‘Death Oscars’. Best embalmer and funeral caterer was never something we were going to entertain but the Good Funeral Guide did a fantastic job of managing and choosing this year’s winners in twenty five diverse categories. Link to winners page http://goodfuneralawards.co.uk/2016/09/the-winners/

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Firstly it was good to see Musgrove Willow receive Coffin Supplier of the year. This company is one of those who will sell directly to the public and is featured on our website.

Best Alternative To A Hearse was won by our very own Gordon Tulley (direct funeral provider, natural burial ground manager, shroud manufacturer). His beautiful, green, Bentley didn’t see that conversion coming!


Low Cost Funeral Provider went to a young woman who we featured back in edition 2 of More to Death magazine link. Lucy, the powerhouse behind, Coulbert Family Funerals works and campaigns tirelessly for clarity, flexibility and honesty. Right up our street! She is based in Oxford.

Green Funeral Director of the year went to Jo Vassie from Higher Ground Family Funerals. The famous Jo Vassie who also won our 2016 NDC’s Peoples choice award for the best natural burial ground in the UK. What a year for Jo and son Tom.

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Most Promising new funeral director was awarded to the lovely Judith Dandy from Dandelion Farewells in Horsham. A much needed bringer of gentleness and love to funerals in Sussex.

Modern Funeral Director of the year was won by Fran and Carrie at A Natural Undertaking, Birmingham. What a rapid rise to success these wonderful people have experienced whilst breaking into the funeral market.

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And finally, finally, after waiting for some recognition, after all these years; our founder Nicholas Albery and the Natural Death Centre won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Our Death Oscar, in the form of Anubis, God of the underworld, now stands, fittingly 12 feet underground, watching over me in the NDC office.
Rosie Inman-Cook