Scattering ashes, a guide to what's involved
When you’re considering options for the arrangements to be made after you die, one of the most important choices to make is whether you would prefer a burial or a cremation. It’s an entirely personal thing – and can be down to your religious beliefs or whatever your preference may be.
Continuity is crucial for real peace of mind
In today’s fast and frantic world, companies seem to come and go, especially when technology is involved. It’s not uncommon to see new businesses burst on to the scene, rise to be hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread and then flame out within a couple of years, replaced by something supposedly newer and shinier.
Power of Attorney and the Mental Capacity Act
Every day, people of all ages can become mentally incapacitated due to illness or injury. Whether it happens suddenly or gradually, it can have devastating effects on both them and their family. As part of World Alzheimer's Day, we look at the importance of taking out a Power of Attorney.
Cost of dying is revealed to be the fastest rising fixed cost in the UK
SunLife’s 2016 Cost of Dying report reveals funerals have more than doubled in price in little over a decade. You can protect your family against much of this inflation by locking in the costs attached to the funeral director’s services with a pre-paid funeral plan from Golden Charter.
Leaving a gift to charity in your Will
As the single biggest source of voluntary income to charities and non-profit organisations in the UK, legacy fundraising (any gift left in a person’s Will) is a vital source of income for the third sector. The problem is, however, that only 7% of people are actually doing this. Taking place from 12-18 September, this year’s Remember a Charity in your Will Week is encouraging people to consider leaving a charitable gift in their Will.
How to put together a ‘Rest in Peace’ folder
Later life planning is about making sure that your wishes are respected, but also making things easier for the loved ones you leave behind. From arranging and paying for your funeral to making a Will, the plans you put in place will be a welcome relief for family or friends when the time finally comes.
Golden Charter joins forces with The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland
We’re delighted to announce that we’re partnering up with The Royal British Legion and its sister organisation, Poppyscotland, to raise funds for the Armed Forces community. From today, a £25 donation will be made to the charities for every Golden Charter funeral plan sold via our website and through participating independent funeral directors.
AJ Sellman of Cannock, National Funeral Planner of the Year 2016
Earlier this year, AJ Sellman Family Funeral Directors won the award for best large independent funeral director at 2016’s Funeral Planner of the Year Awards. Director Edward Poole said winning the award was wonderful, but the important part was the process of getting to the top spot as a team by “improving and innovating together".
Golden Charter raises £1m for the Woodland Trust
As the Woodland Trust's longest standing corporate sponsor, Golden Charter has been supporting the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity since 1995. As part of a bid to reach a fundraising total of £1m, more than 80 staff and their friends and family braved the elements as they ran, cycled or walked 21km around the beautiful surroundings of Loch Katrine.
Golden Charter staff step up their fundraising to reach the million pound mark
Since making its very first donation in 1995, Golden Charter has raised just over £994,000 for the Woodland Trust. With a number of fundraising activities planned for the year, it is hoped they will take the total beyond £1m.
An introduction to non-religious funerals
While the majority of funeral services in the UK are still traditional – held in a place of worship and led by a religious official – a significant number of non-religious services are held across the UK, reflecting our changing society.
The role of the funeral director: After the funeral
A professionally organised funeral will pass without problems, the deceased looked after with dignity, their final wishes respected and friends and family left with a warm, lasting memory of their loved one. All the thought and work that has gone into arranging the ceremony, from the forms that were filled in to choosing hymns and flowers, should fade into the background and be replaced by the calm memory of a day well done.
The role of the funeral director: The funeral service
From the first phone call, your funeral director’s role is to make the difficult task of saying goodbye to a loved one as easy as it can possibly be. The best funeral directors are those that not only listen to your wishes before the service, but also take care of everything on the day, when their experience and professionalism are most needed.