Connect with Your Community with Free Online Notices
Funeral Directors throughout the UK are taking advantage of our Free Online Notices to help families announce the passing of a loved one.
In 2020, we offered free online notices to help during the pandemic. We have decided to continue offering this free benefit for the remainder of the year to all Funeral Directors and invite you to take advantage of this offer straight away.
How Can I Book a Free Online Obituary?
Online notices came into their own during the pandemic. A valuable resource, online notices allow Funeral Directors to offer families online donations and the opportunity to tell the story of a life sadly taken too soon. Online notices became so valuable in fact that we made the decision to offer them free for all UK Funeral Directors to give you the option to provide these benefits to your families at a time when many other aspects of the traditional funeral were being denied to them due to ongoing restrictions to funerals.
We have decided to continue offering this free benefit for the remainder of the year to all Funeral Directors and invite you to take advantage of this offer straight away.
Five Great Reasons to Add Funeral Notices to Your Website
Still not sure whether to add funeral notices to your website? As experts in obituaries and family notices, we know there is growing demand for instant news in local communities.
50% of all traffic to our local news sites eg Manchester Evening News, WalesOnline and YorkshireLive click to read funeral notices in their area whilst browsing local news.
That's a lot of people reading funeral notices online across the UK. We want to help you to provide this vital information to your local communities too, so we have put together five great reasons why it makes sense to update your websites to include funeral notices.
Funeral-notices.co.uk - Latest Update for Funeral Directors
We are always looking for ways to give Funeral Directors additional value to benefit your families as well as promoting your business within your communities. We think it is important to make sure every family has the opportunity to announce the passing of their loved one and that their announcements are seen, cherished by friends and family and remain available forever as a lasting legacy.
We know that habits have changed since the first lockdown with more and more people turning to the internet to express their grief. We are here to help you to provide a safe place on your own websites for people to view, donate and interact with their funeral notices and are pleased to offer a brand new way you can do this.
Helpful Tips for Booking Funeral Notices
Around 70% of all notices published on funeral-notices.co.uk have been booked directly by the Funeral Director, using our self-serve booking system. If you are one of those Funeral Directors/Arrangers, or you are interested in having a go at booking your own notices, we have put together a list of 5 top tips to help you achieve seamless booking and ensure you are getting the full benefits for your families from their funeral notice.
August Bank Holiday Deadlines &
Monday 30th August is our next UK Bank Holiday; the final one before Christmas.
We hope you are able to take a break over the weekend, more than anything I hope for some sunshine so we can all get outside and do the things we love to do.
If you're working the Bank Holiday weekend, to ensure we offer you the best possible service we will be working Bank Holiday Monday to book and check your notices.
CMA Funerals Market Order 2021
The CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is an independent, non-ministerial department of UK Government. They work 'to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK.' - Gov.uk.
The CMA is the competition regulator in the UK, responsible for strengthening business competition and ensuring a fairer, more competitive market for consumers.
Funerals Without Restrictions - Memorial Services & Gatherings
Like you, we welcomed the news that the 30 person limit on attendance at funerals in England ended on 17th May, bringing rules in England in line with Northern Ireland and Wales where attendance is limited only by the ability of the venue to safely accommodate people in accordance with the 2m covid-safe rules.
It is believed that all rules on social distancing in England will end on 19th July meaning no restrictions on funerals, wakes and gatherings. In Scotland, up to 200 people will be able to attend a funeral from the 19th. Wales is due to update their plans for the roadmap out of lockdown on Wednesday, with Northern Ireland currently sticking to the size of the venue as the only restriction on attendance.
Community Engagement After The Pandemic
We can't wait for restrictions to end completely and funerals to get back to how they were, for the sake of families and for you as Funeral Directors and Arrangers. From speaking with you we appreciate what a difficult 15 months this has been, some of the stories you've told us have broken our hearts and made us proud to work with you at the same time.
As we write this, it is expected restrictions in England will end on 21st June, with the rest of the UK set to follow.
We know that for funerals this means more choice and options for families plus an end to limited numbers at the service, but what does it mean to the way you engage with families? Are there any online engagement tools worth keeping once restrictions end?
How does having notices on my website help me as a Funeral Director?
Many Funeral Directors are choosing to add funeral notices to their website and if you've yet to make that decision, you're interested and looking for a provider or want to compare our benefits to an existing provider, we thought it would be helpful to explain how having notices on your website is of benefit to you and talk about the service we can provide for you, for free.
So, what are the benefits of having notices on your website?