Connect with funeral-notices.co.uk on Social Media
Like it or loathe it, social media is playing a growing part in the funeral industry as a means of communicating with families and your communities. Social media is also an invaluable part of marketing your business too. Whilst it is not for everyone, for those of you with social media accounts, or thinking of dipping a toe into the world of social media in 2021, we would love to connect with you and maybe offer a little insight into what we see as the main four social media platforms.
Christmas Deadlines and Opening Hours 2020
The end of the year is almost upon us and what a year it's been! Everyone here at the funeral notices team is definitely ready for a break at Christmas and we hope you get the chance for some time out too.
Christmas falls on a Friday this year so for our daily publications this means no changes to deadlines up to and including Christmas Eve. We are not publishing any papers on Christmas Day as usual. The deadline for notices to be published on Boxing Day, Sunday 27th December (if your local paper is published on a Sunday), Monday 28th December and Tuesday 29th December is 12:30pm on Thursday 24th December.
Deadlines for daily papers are then as normal up to New Years Eve. The deadline for notices to be published on New Years Day, Saturday 2nd January 2021, Sunday 3rd January and Monday 4th January is 12:30pm on Thursday 31st December 2020. Deadlines will then return to normal (with the exception of the Paisley Daily Express where the deadline for the 5th and 6th January is 17:00 on Wednesday 30th December).
Helpful Book of Verses for Families
Finding the right words and style in which to commemorate the passing of a loved one does not always come easily.
The bereaved are usually anxious to convey their thoughts with dignity and solemnity and in terms that the departed would have approved of.
In the light of this, we’re pleased to present this guide to writing
Funeral Directors Downloadable Resources
Here you will find resources to help you and your families.
Help Us Make Sure Families Can Announce The Passing Of Their Loved One
We talk to Funeral Directors, Arrangers and Team Members every day and from what you've told us, one of the hardest things for you has been saying no to families; no to the number of mourners, no to funeral cars, no to collection plates at the funeral. Saying no at a time when people are at their most vulnerable and trying to arrange the funeral their loved ones wanted must be so difficult, unimaginable for us. One Funeral Director in Newcastle even told us they had been so saddened by all the things they could not do for families now that they had taken up knitting little flowers and adding them to the memory boxes they give to the family after the service. Not surprising really that you would find your own ways to give something back; testament to the professionalism and compassion in the industry.
Our Notices get Noticed by a Record Breaking Audience
Last Thursday we had a record breaking day on funeral-notices.co.uk with over 1.3 million pages viewed in a single day, 1,309,139* pages to be exact. That breaks all previous records since we launched the site in August 2018.
Behind the headline stat we had some great activity on the site too:
Annual Rate Review 2021
Over the coming three weeks you may notice a small increase in the cost of notices as part of our annual rate review. It is always a difficult decision for us to have to increase our rates and we have kept them to a minimum to ensure continuing value for your families.
Every notice published in your local newspaper also appears online at funeral-notices.co.uk where they have the potential to be seen by our growing audience of readers. In 2020 funeral-notices.co.uk received 12,353,861 Unique Users viewing 194,512,426 pages* helping families to raise a staggering £661,338 for charities plus £123,055 in Gift Aid.
Throughout 2020 we made our popular online notices free; an offer exclusive to Funeral Directors to help families during the pandemic. Free online notices allow you to offer families a place to formally announce the passing, share funeral information and raise donations for a chosen charity in memory of their loved one. Online notices are also an important marketing tool for Funeral Directors, increasing your online presence. Every notice shared by families includes your branding and a link to your own website. The cost for an online notice to the public remains excellent value at £30 + VAT.
Free Online Notices Throughout The Pandemic
This weekend we've all received with a heavy heart the news that our journey through the pandemic will certainly continue into the new year.
From speaking with Funeral Directors, Arrangers and Team members throughout the year we know how difficult the pandemic has been for you, having to say no to requests for funerals to go ahead as planned. Our hearts go out to the many people who suffered a loss this year and found themselves facing restrictions as the pandemic continues to impact attendance at funerals and physical contact with friends and family at a time when it is most needed.
Since the pandemic began, we have been letting you know that online notices are free to appear on funeral-notices.co.uk - a small gesture that has brought comfort to families who have missed out on many of the other expected elements of a traditional funeral. Our offer for free online notices will be available for you to give to families as long as we find ourselves living with the restrictions of the pandemic, so please feel free to take advantage of them and help us offer the benefits of an online notice to as much of the UK as we can.
How to use our donation service
Reach plc publishes obituary notices in over 110 regional newspapers, most of which also appear on its funeral notices website - funeral-notices.co.uk. Over 120,000 notices are published on this site per annum and it receives over a million visitors per month. In July 2019 an online donations service was added, allowing funeral directors placing a death notice to add an online collection. The service is managed by Donatis using their fundraising platform, which is fully integrated into our booking system and the funeral-notices.co.uk website. The service is growing rapidly as funeral directors and donors become aware of its benefits, with over 70% of donations claiming Gift Aid.
Coronavirus Update - Advice on How Best to Write a Funeral Notice
News broke this weekend that a Funeral Director in Mansfield, Hertfordshire has been fined £10,000 for 'failing to manage a bereavement event' properly. This is of course very worrying news for Funeral Directors, working tirelessly to ensure they comply with the latest and ever changing Coronavirus advice from UK and devolved Governments.
The organiser of this event, a man in his 30s, was also issued a £10,000 fine. Police both in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire had been aware of the funeral taking place on Thursday 21st January and had been working with family and partner agencies to ensure coronavirus guidelines were followed. You can read the story here.