News and Events

CFC 2016 Educational Seminar

The Child Funeral Charity would like to thank all attendees and speakers that came to our third educational seminar Child and Baby Funeral Choices.

Special thanks go to Greenacres Chiltern and Central England Co-operative

On our sponsored walk in memory of Ryan Barrett

Benevolent Charity Fund donation

CFC is delighted to accept a donation of £1000 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire Benevolent Charity Fund. The Fund, part of Freemasonry in the Community, supports non-masonic causes.

The donation will help us assist families in Lincolnshire who face difficulties in meeting the costs of saying goodbye to their children who have fallen asleep.

Photo: W.Bro. Phil Spicksley presents the cheque to CFC trustees at the Leicester SAIF Education Day on 4th November.

Fantastic achievement by runners!

The five runners who ran - and completed - the Oxford Half Marathon on 11th October raised over £3000 for our funds. An absolutely fantastic achievement.

Even more impressive was the fact that this was the first half marathon for all of them - so all now have a "Personal Best" as well as a personal achievement!

Our thanks go to them, the supporters on the day and, of course, the many sponsors who contributed to making this such a successful fundraising event for Child Funeral Charity.

CFC 2015 Educational Seminar

Held at the National Memorial Arboretum on 14th July, the topic of this year's educational seminar was Death and Funerals in different religions and cultures in the UK.

Almost 100 delegates attended from a wide range of organisations and included funeral directors, crematorium staff, nurses, hospital bereavement officers, bereavement counsellors, charity staff, registrars, celebrants, faith representatives, hospice staff, bereavement midwives and many other groups.

Exhibition stands included Child Bereavement UK, Grief Recovery, Civil Ceremonies, Colourful Coffins and Inspired Goodbyes.

We are truly grateful to all those who attended and especially grateful to the wonderful speakers who gave such an insight into death and funerals in a wide range of religions and cultures.

The Revd. Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects and Developments at the Archbishops' Council at the Church of England, described how Christianity is a very diverse faith with many different forms, and discussed the key themes that underpin all Christian funerals.
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Dr Rami Seth MBE FRCS, looked at the number of Hindus in the world, and outlined the processes and rituals surrounding death and funerals in Hinduism.
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Mohammed Omer is Trustee at the Gardens of Peace Cemetery in Hainault, East London. Mohammed explained the issues that arise around Muslim death and funerals and gave an insight into the funerals that take place at the Gardens of Peace Cemetery.
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The Revd. Lorraine Munn described Druidry and what it means to be a Druid, and pointed out the things to be aware of with a funeral of a person who is a Druid.

Elizabeth Pavelin discussed Buddhism and how Buddhists funerals are held. She dispelled some myths and gave a valuable insight into Buddhist teachings.
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Simrat Kaur presented the Sikhi faith and explained what it means to be a Sikh, focussing in particular on the rituals and processes at the time of death.
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Poems and Readings for Baby & Child Funerals

A very special collection of 40 poems and readings suitable for funerals for babies and children is now available from the Celebrant Supplies website.

All proceeds from the booklet go to the Child Funeral Charity.

Crematoria Donations

We were delighted to receive donations from Mountsett Crematorium in Durham and Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton. Both crematoria are part of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) Recycling of Metals scheme, and nominated CFC for a payment from the scheme.

The total contribution of £8974 is a real boost for the charity and every penny will be used to help us provide more financial support to bereaved families.

Child Bereavement Cards from Inspired Goodbyes

We are thrilled that a unique range of bereavement cards will support the Child Funeral Charity.

The Inspired Goodbyes range includes cards for baby and child loss. For every card sold, Inspired Goodbyes will donate 25p to the CFC.

Cards can be purchased online from the Inspired Goodbyes website.

Child Breavement Cards from Inspired Goodbyes

CFC Launch

More than 100 bereavement professionals attended the launch of the Child Funeral Charity at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on July 23.

The event, which was combined with an educational seminar on child bereavement called It's Time to Talk, was opened by Bel Mooney, one of the patron's of the charity.