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  • Able Futures

    The Able Futures Programme is a free scheme being run for the DWP for people in employment who may be struggling with mental health issues. The programme can be accessed via a freephone number by anyone who is over 16 and in employment. One in four of us is likely to experience some form of stress, anxiety or depression during our working lives. This scheme can help. Further details can be found here.


  • National Medical Examiner Bulletin
  • A copy of the May update from the National Medical Examiner can be seen here.


  • Scottish Government Guidance on Funeral Costs
  • The Scottish Government have published guidance on funeral costs. A news release can be seen here. A copy of the Guidance can be seen here.


  • Midlands and Mid Wales Branch Meeting
  • The next meeting of the Midlands and Mid Wales branch is being held at Bramcote Crematorium on Friday 19th July. Further details here.


  • National Bereavement Care Pathway
  • The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) aims to improve the bereavement care parents receive after pregnancy or baby loss. It helps professionals to support families in their bereavement after any pregnancy or baby loss. The results of an evaluation of the NBCP, and further information, are available here.



  • ICCM Photographic Competition 2019
  • Entries may now be submitted for the ICCM Photographic Competition 2019. Further details can be downloaded here.


  • ICCM Recycling of Pacemakers Scheme
  • The ICCM, in association with Orthometals, has launched a scheme to recycle pacemakers removed prior to cremation that will run alongside the ICCM Recycling of Metals scheme. Further information can be found here.


  • Review of Crematoria Provision and Facilities
  • The Government has published the response to a consultation in 2016 of crematoria provision and facilities. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.



  • Cemetery of the Year Awards 2019
  • This free to enter competition will run from 31st March to 31st July 2019. As well as existing categories for Small/Medium Burial Grounds, and Large Burial Grounds, this year's competition features three new categories of Parish, Town or Community Council Burial Ground; Natural Burial Ground Provider, and Design and Innovation of Memorials. Entry to the competition can be made online here from 31st March. The Awards will be presented at the ICCM Learning Convention and Exhibition.



  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Signs Project
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are offering to install and maintain signs for those cemeteries that contain war graves. The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness of war graves across the UK and to remind the public that they need not travel abroad to find Commonwealth commemorations. Further details can be found here.


  • Children's Funeral Fund
  • On Wednesday 27th February, Sir John Hayes asked a question at Prime Minister's Questions about the Children's Funeral Fund. The Prime Minister stated that the Government is committed to implementing the fund in the summer. There are no further details available at the moment, but they will be posted on this website and sent in an e-newsletter to members as they become available.


  • Hedgehogs and Burial Grounds
  • The hedgehog population has declined by 50% in urban areas and a third in rural areas since 2000. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, together with the People's Trust for Endangered Species, have produced a document encouraging sympathetic land management for hedgehogs, which is available here. Cemeteries and crematoria can play a vital role in helping to protect the hedgehog population. If you have a scheme in place to help hedgehogs, you could be considered for the Hog Heroes roll of honour - further information available on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society's website.

  • One Stop Shop for Bereavement Support
  • A charity, AtaLoss.org, has been set up to provide a one-stop shop for Bereavement Support. AtaLoss.org provides a unique, national, one-stop web based information service, signposting people to the range of bereavement services that exist across the UK. More information about the Charity can be found here, and their website can be found here.

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