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Coop Funeral Plans Offer Epitath Help

What is an epitaph? An epitaph is a short text honouring a deceased person. Strictly speaking, it refers to text that is inscribed on a tombstone or plaque,  The term is often used my widely, 

Here are some examples of brief epitaphs:

A friend In deed.
True and constant.
A loving husband and father. Or wife and mother.
A sharing, caring person.
A person of grace and dignity.
A true gentleman/woman.
Always in our hearts
An inspiration to all.
An unforgettable person.
Asked for so little but gave so very much.
Because he (she) cared.
Brave in spirit, strong in love.
Constant in faith, generous of heart.
Devoted In love.
Everybody’s best friend.
Faith, hope and courage personified.
Faithful forever.
Forever In our hearts.
Forever missed.
Gone but never forgotten.
Someone who enriched our lives.
An inspiration to all.
Everyone else came first.
Touched the lives of everyone they met.
He (she) lived to help others.
He (she) touched the lives of many.
They will never be forgotten.
In God’s care
In loving memory.
In memoriam.

Coop Funeral Plan Press Release

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Coop Prepaid Funerals

Coop funeral plans seem to consider this service unique. As we understand it, there is no reason why you can’t add in exactly the same service to other funeral plan providers if you wish to, but it makes a good Press Release! I guess the difference is that they don’t buy the memorial until you die.  Like every funeral plan, the Coop plan has its strengths and weaknesses.

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We would always suggest that you download our enquiry form and let us help guide you towards choosing the most appropriate prepaid funeral plan for YOUR unique wishes and needs. You can always ask for our free Funeral Wishes form.

On with the Coop Funeral Plan Press Release.

Now you can really have the final say with the Coop Funeral Plans

A new funeral planning service which enables people to write and pay for their own epitaph in advance has been launched) by The Co-operative Funeralcare.

With more people electing to arrange a personalised funeral, The Co-operative Funeralcare, the UK’s largest provider of funeral planning products, is giving people the chance to say exactly how they would like to be remembered by choosing and writing their own lasting memorial.

The pioneering memorial masonry plan, the first of its kind, will give consumers the ability to choose the type of lasting memorial they want. There are many types of memorials available, from traditional headstones to slate sculptures.

This plan now means you can choose the material, colour, style, lettering and write the actual inscription for your memorial and pay for it in advance at today’s masonry prices, avoiding any future increases.

The cost of a memorial masonry plan will vary depending on the choice made and the geographical area as the plan will incorporate fees for your specific cemetery or remembrance garden. There is no limit to the length of an inscription, other than the space available on the memorial.

Ian Mackie of The Co-operative Funeral Planning, says:” With the new Memorial Masonry Plans we take paying in advance for a funeral one step further by enabling people to decide the memorial they want and what actually appears on it. Some local authorities do have restrictions on the type of memorial allowed, but our team will advise on the options available. The plan ensures family members are not left with the emotional and financial burden of making these decisions at a very difficult time.”


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Co-op Funerals – an odd thing to do

Co-op Funerals agree sale of crematoria as it focuses on core funeral homes business.

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Stephen Pett of the Prepaid Funeral Review says “This is an odd move by the Co-op Funerals division.  Why on earth would you sell major assets to your biggest competitor. And then be forced to use them anyway. See if you think this Press Release answers the question satisfactorily. We remain concerned about the effectiveness of the Co-operative model in the modern world – with regret.”

Co-op Funeralcare (“Co-op”) has agreed to sell its crematoria operation to Dignity Plc (“Dignity”.) As the mutual focuses on investment in its core funeral homes business.

Co-op Funerals

Co-op Funerals

Co-op will receive £43m* for the five crematoria. The proceeds will be reinvested in its funeral home estate. In addition to strengthening its customer offer through the rollout of new products and services.  This forms part of the £1.3 billion planned investment being made by the Co-op Group over a three year period.  Seeking to improve the products and services available to its members and the communities in which they live.

As part of the conditions of the crematoria sale, which follows a competitive bidding process, all colleagues will TUPE transfer.  There are no planned redundancies.

Co-op Funerals Crematoria – going.

Co-op’s crematoria are based in Craighton, Glasgow; Emstrey, Shropshire; Grenoside, South Yorkshire; Lichfield, Staffordshire; and Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Richard Lancaster, Managing Director of Co-op Funeralcare said.

“I would like to personally thank our crematoria colleagues for their ongoing professionalism and hard work in serving bereaved families. I wish them the very best for the future as they continue to provide excellent levels of service within their local communities.

“This agreement is key in allowing us to further invest in providing essential funeral services to our members and customers in communities across the UK as we have done for over 100 years. With a limited presence in the overall market, our crematoria operation is a small part of our business, operating distinctly and separately from our funeral homes. The sale will enable us to invest in making our funeral home services more accessible, both in terms of our presence in new communities and by enhancing our customer proposition and services.”

The transaction is expected to complete on or around 5 July 2016 for the freehold locations. Completion of the sale of the leasehold locations is conditional upon consent of the relevant local authorities. However completion on both sites is anticipated by early August.

Coop Funerals Prepaid Plans.    Dignity Funeral Plans.


Cold Calling Funeral Plan – They Are Not the Only Ones with Vested Interests

Matthew Aldridge, of  Somerset funeral director F H Halliday and Son has warned potential funeral plan purchasers to beware of buying funeral plans from cold callers or email campaigns, according to The Funeral Service Times.

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We would echo his concerns, but remind readers that most sellers of funeral plans have a vested interest which is not that of the family.  Very few funeral directors sell more than one “make” of funeral plan – they will typically sell the Coop Plan, or the Dignity Plan or the Golden Charter one.  All of which are good plans, in the right circumstances.  But a person who sells only one of the many funeral plans on the market will always try to sell you their plan.   They probably won’t have a clue what advantages other funeral plans might have in your specific circumstances,  They will consider the restrictions and penalties their plan has are normal.  But they may well not be.

Cold Calling Funeral Plans – Not the way to go.

As Mr Aldridge says, this is not a subject to be discussing on the doorstep with a complete stranger.  We believe that it needs time, full and frank discussion of your needs, wishes and potential future moves.  Once your real needs are worked out, then the only way to get the best possible advice is to contact a firm which offers genuine INDEPENDENT advice on the choice of funeral plan.  And that is where we come in.   Explore our site, download our initial  questionnaire, and when you are ready, contact our researcher for Independent advice.  All we ask is that, if you accept our recommendation, you use the form we supply so we earn a little money to keep the service running.  Is that fair?

Or just give us a ring on 01323 740844 and specify that your message is for the Prepaid Funeral Review – the number is 01323 740844.

Dignity – We’re Better Value Than Co-op!

Dignity v Coop Funeral Plans.

Which is best – Dignity or Coop – or someone else? (as at September 2015).

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There is no substitute to getting INDEPENDENT advice before choosing a funeral plan.  It costs nothing, and could save a mistake.  Few people realise quite how many different factors need to be taken into account when you are choosing a funeral plan.   As Harry Will might say – FIGHT!!

This is Dignity PR:   This is Dignitys first punch – we look forward to hearing from the Coop!

But seriously, let us take the strain and fill in our simple enquiry form.

Or if you are just looking for a review of Dignity Funeral Plans.  Please note that the prices change all the time, and whilst we update our data for recommendations in house, that data is NOT published on the site.

For your reference the cost of the COOP funeral plan range has increased in comparison to the Dignity Plan as follows:

Dignity Plan




Price Difference.

The Dignity Chiltern


Coop Bronze



The Dignity Malvern


Coop Silver



The Dignity Highland


Coop Gold*



*only contains 1 limousine.

Don’t forget that like COOP we (Dignity) guarantee the cremation, doctors and officiants fee’s within the plan. Most competitor products don’t offer even though these fees are rising fast, possibly leaving the family with additional expense at the time of need.

In addition, the benefits of the Dignity Funeral plan include.

  • ·         Simple easy to understand options and application process.
  • ·         Comprehensive membership documents including an executor pack explaining what to do at the time of need.
  • ·         An independent and secure trust fund with over 85,000 members.
  • ·         Highest burial contribution in the UK at £1030.
  • ·         The only provider to offer your client 24/7 support once they take out a plan.
  • ·         Up to 10 year instalments for those who do not wish to pay by lump sum, at far better rates than most alternative providers.

Contact the experts at the PrePaid Funeral Review to find out which of these companies – if either – offer a product which is right for YOU.

Our contact details are here.