PREPAID FUNERAL PLANS WARNING

PREPAID FUNERAL PLANS WARNING In the current financial climate Prepaid Funeral Plans can make good economic sense, as it can safe guard against some of the rising funeral expenses for the future. It can also give the client peace of mind that their wishes are recorded and will be carried out, thus saving relatives the anxiety and expense at an emotional time. Often Plans are sold to the client who believes ALL future costs are guaranteed – in the small print they are invariably not! However, the way that some of these Funeral Plans are being sold is something to be cautious about. Because of their popularity, funeral plans are big business and it seems everyone wants a share, using all sorts of methods to get a sale. It’s not just an advertisement in your local newspaper or glossy magazine anymore, you can be approached in all sorts of ways; leaflet drops, making a will with your local solicitor or taking out insurance, but I think the most disrespectful way is the COLD CALL. Since a large number of clients often think about such a Plan following the death of a loved one this can and does catch out the most vulnerable. What I really want to bring to your attention is that those companies that use these methods are NOT funeral directors. They are businesses out to gain revenue by acting as middle men, taking your money and limited instructions and securing these instructions with an allied funeral director – often that funeral director may not be your preferred choice. In some cases the client is allowed to...

CONGRATULATIONS MATTHEW JACKSON!

E Hill & Son are very pleased to announce that Matthew Jackson has passed, with distinction, the Diploma in Funeral Service. The Diploma is a course that teaches and tests the candidate in all aspects of funeral work and is externally accredited by the University of Greenwich. It takes about twelve months of study, whereby the student has to complete five modules consisting of four and five units.  These units are marked by an assessor of the British Institute of Funeral Directors and the student has to achieve at least 60% to pass a module. They also have to write several reports on funeral experience based topics, again having to achieve a 60% pass rate.  At the end of all this, the student sits a written and oral examination to test the knowledge they have learned. Matt has done extremely well and we are very proud of him. It wasn’t easy for him during his study time, as he had to contend with the death of his father in law and moving house, two very emotional tasks. But this achievement proves how dedicated he is to his job and what a valuable asset he is going to be for E Hill & Son Funeral Directors. Matthew has followed in the historic footsteps of Edwin, Richard & Paula Hill, all diploma holders. Edwin believed that to study and gain qualifications in his profession would enable him to better serve the families that entrusted him to look after their loved ones. An example that E Hill & Son lives up to up today....