As 2014 dawned the new-look Funeral Director Monthly began to land on desks and do0rmats across the UK.

The new magazine is designed to be a modern, bright businesslike publication for the funeral sector, covering major news developments, NAFD campaigns and other items of interest to funeral directors and suppliers to the sector.

New features such as ‘My Life in a Day’ allows us to feature the work of professions that are ‘on the edge of the industry’ and come into contact with the funeral profession on a daily basis. In January we feature the work of a mortuary pathology technician whose story is a fascinating one. In the coming months we will feature a number of other roles – the next one being a stone mason.

You can read the mortuary pathology technician feature here: My Life in a Day

As always it was a pleasure to receive so many stories from around the profession, covering a range of topics from growing businesses, to work in the community and the acheivements of NAFD member staff – particularly in the field of education.

In January we’ve also featured the first graduation, in partnership with Birmingham City University, of the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration. This is a landmark achievement for the industry and for the association as this is the first time that the University has accredited an external qualification.

Finally, in January’s edition we report back on the first online survey undertaken with NAFD members. The survey considered the topic of funeral wishes and funeral planning and the NAFD was delighted to receive such a high level of support and involvement from funeral directors across the membership.  The feedback has given some very interesting themes and headlines showing changing trends and attitudes towards funeral planning within British society.

What do you think of the new-look FDM? We’d be delighted to hear your views. Email us at editor@nafd.org.uk or connect with us on social media: