In  September’s FDM you’ll find a feature covering the latest trends in memorialisation.

In just a short space of time the market for choice and individuality in memorials has exploded, reflecting the move towards the funeral as a consumer market place, driven by the demands of bereaved families who are being influenced by celebrity funerals, media commentary and a natural desire for the same level of choice that they find in other aspects of life.

In the piece, Funeral Director Monthly catches up with Funeral Products, Heavens Above Fireworks, MuchLoved, LeisureBench, JC Atkinson and Shaw’s Funeral Products to find out the latest trends in their respective businesses.

As with all other aspects of the funeral, increasing consumer interest in the funeral as a celebration of life, with unique aspects that reflect the life and interests of the deceased, has led to increasing demands for wider ranges of products and more personalisation.

Also in September there’s a farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Alan Slater MBE, all the latest members news and a look at the history of sport’s most famous cremation urn – The Ashes.