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I can answer questions relating to the law surrounding funerals, burial and cremation in the UK as well as the practical interpretation of the laws. I have in depth knowledge of the funeral profession in the UK, the products available and what is seen as acceptable and unacceptable. I am able to advise members of the public as well as trade enquiries from those within the profession and those looking to supply or become involved with the funeral industry.

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I have 25 years experience in the UK funeral industry, as a practising funeral director, as a consultant to funeral homes and suppliers, as someone who has bought, owned and sold funeral homes as well as establishing new ones from scratch. I was the Founding Chairman of the Independent Funeral Directors College and have sat on the national executive of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors


British Institute of Funeral Directors, National Association of Funeral Directors, Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors


Funeral Service Journal and on my blog -


Diploma in Funeral Directing

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Recommended by the Natural Death Centre

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Diane 02/10/14101010Thanks Bryan!
Gaynor07/26/13101010Short, factual and to the point.
sarah01/09/12101010thank you for the advice

Recent Answers from Bryan Powell

2015-03-05 grandmother wont allow:

Unfortunately the person who holds the Deeds for the grave has the right to decide what is or isn't allowed on the grave just as for they would for any property.    Grief affects us all differently and

2014-11-02 funeral plot:

Thank you for your question.    In reality you can place whatever you want on the grave and she can remove it. There are rules about what can be placed on a grave but not about what can be removed. If

2013-08-23 funeral:

Hi Rose,    This is a very grey area as no one has any rights over a deceased person.     If his mother is proposing a cremation you could object directly to the crematorium or you could speak to the registrars

2012-11-16 Next of kin:

Hi Sara,    You don't have to do anything and can leave it all to his partner. It would probably be a good idea to write a letter to the partner saying something along the lines that you are happy for

2012-10-14 movin a grave:

Beverley,    The answer to your question is "it depends". If your mum is buried in a churchyard you will need a Bishops Faculty to remove the headstone from the grave, if it is in a cemetery you will need


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