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Laura Toop

Seven years ago, my life spectacularly imploded.  I lost my husband, my health, and my career in quick succession. Everything I knew, gone in an instant. Indeed, my then, 4-year-old-nephew said that Christmas, “Auntie Lollipops (aka Me) now that Uncle Chris is dead, you have nothing”. And they say…out of the mouths of babes… He …

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The Last Post: A Guide to Military Themed Funerals

Military cemetery

Introduction Organising a funeral for a loved one, a friend or as a Celebrant/Funeral Arranger on behalf of a family can be at best challenging, but this is made harder when dealing with traditions and protocols which are possibly outside your normal day-to-day experience. This is highlighted when arranging a military tribute for a veteran …

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A Year Working Alongside Ben Simpson & Dan Wilde

Amy Griffiths, Celebrant Steve’s Personal Assistant, shares some thoughts about working alongside Simpson & Wilde Independent Funeral Directors, who celebrate their first year serving Stoke-On-Trent this month. We celebrate 12 months of working alongside Simpson & Wilde Independent Funeral Directors this week. Working Together Steve and I have enjoyed working alongside Ben and Dan on …

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Funeral professionals tell us that one of their most time-consuming tasks is arranging the order of service

Memorial Print logo and order of service example

Funeral professionals are busy. The most important part of their role is to give the bereaved the care and compassion they deserve. Families are grieving and therefore may not understand how much work the funeral professional must also carry out behind the scenes, especially when it comes to the orders of service. Many of the …

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Celebrant Steve, What Sets Him Apart? – Support Services

Amy Griffiths PA to Celebrant Steve

Kicking off a new blog series which explores what sets Steve’s services apart from the rest, Amy Griffiths, who has worked alongside Funeral Celebrant Steve Game-Blackmoor as his Personal Assistant since 2019, offers a little insight into her important role within the business.  Amy writes: People and Family Matter I have always had a passion …

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What makes an exceptional funeral director?

Funeral director Mark Ganner

Funeral Director Mark Ganner, from Joseph Lymer & Son Funeral Directors in Stoke-On-Trent, blogs about what makes an exceptional funeral director. Mark works alongside Steve, aiming to raise the bar in standards across the county.  He writes: All funeral directors should be professional, courteous, and empathic when serving grieving families. But what makes an exceptional funeral director stand …

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