Advisers will offer practical help

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A funeral advisers scheme is being piloted by the National Funerals College (NFC) to make independent and practical help available to older people and their relatives. NFC chairman Professor Malcolm Johnson said bodies were often removed from care homes post-haste – for fear of upsetting others – without any proper advice on options. “We would like to see institutions in which people are likely to die, such as hospitals, hospices, nursing and residential homes, appoint a funeral adviser to assist people in their funeral choices,” said Prof. Johnson. “People may be unaware of what is available. Some homes for elderly people have contracts or understandings with a particular funeral director whereby all, or most of the ‘business’ goes to that firm. This is wrong if it is not a public arrangement.” Prof. Johnson said some 26 establishments in different parts of the country are taking part in the pilot scheme, using an existing member of staff who will be specially trained. The project will be closely monitored a

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