News & Views


19 Jul 2019

Many funeral directors are reporting an increase in families asking for direct cremations. It's important that people know exactly what they include and don't. This helpful blog explains.

17 Jul 2019

Very welcome news from the Government on the Funeral Expenses Payment. Speeding up the claim process is a positive step in the right direction and will be appreciated by families.

17 Jul 2019

Dr Jason Shannon has been appointed to the role of Lead Medical Examiner for Wales. Dr Shannon will oversee the Wales Medical Examiner Service that will scrutinise all deaths across a local area that do not fall under a Coroner’s jurisdiction.

16 Jul 2019

Living funerals are becoming a thing. If you're an independent funeral director and have been asked to organise one, please let us know.

12 Jul 2019

Independent funeral directors do amazing things for their community. Just like SAIF member Binder & Sons, Independent Family Funeral Directors in Harold Hill which is offering its shopfront as a safe space for young people should they find themselves in need of a refuge.

9 Jul 2019

Have you seen yet? Great to see SAIF Past President and independent funeral director Gemma O'Driscoll of GE O'Driscoll and Daughters Independent Funeral Directors talking about why we've set up this helpful new website.

4 Jul 2019

Calling all SAIF members! Please do support our annual charity challenge which this year is in aid of Breast Cancer Care, SAIF President Jim Auld's chosen charity. Our intrepid fundraisers will be taking part in the July 13/14 Peak District Challenge 2019, in which 3,000 people cover a combined 100,000km in 24 hours.

3 Jul 2019

Congratulations to W Sherry & Sons for raising such a fantastic amount of money for the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. It's brilliant to see strong partnerships between our profession and the third sector.

2 Jul 2019

Great session on how regulation of the funeral profession could affect independent businesses by our Chief Executive, Terry Tennens, at the Cremation & Burial Communication & Education 2019 conference today. We've blogged about the points he covered here.

1 Jul 2019

Our Chief Executive Terry Tennens will be talking about regulation of the funeral profession tomorrow at the Cremation & Burial Communication & Education conference in Southampton.

27 Jun 2019

The technical issue at the SAIF Business Centre has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience.

26 Jun 2019

Please be advised that due to a technical issue, emails that are sent to and from the SAIF Business Centre may not be received. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to have the issue resolved within the next 24 hours.

25 Jun 2019

Dozens of independent funeral directors are participating in the Competition and Markets Authority funeral market investigation to help the authority gain a clear picture of this important sector.

24 Jun 2019

We know that SAIF members offer great value and quality. To help the public understand this, it's important to put your prices online.

21 Jun 2019

Some excellent points made at the Commons' Work and Pensions Committee meeting this week by SAIF Government Liaison Officer and Past President Paul Allcock on the inadequacy of the social fund payment and the need for the Department for Work and Pensions - DWP to fund simple funeral options for those without the means to pay for this important service.

20 Jun 2019

We've launched, a new website aimed at helping consumers to better understand the funeral process and find organisations offering bereavement support. Take a look and if you're a funeral director please put a link to the site on your website.

8 Jun 2019

SAIF Chief Executive Terry Tennens and SAIF President Jim Auld give their reflections on the National Funeral Exhibition 2019.

8 Jun 2019

Joanna Williams, of Professional Help, talks to Ross Hickton of TEW Hickton Ltd about the benefits of the SAIF Care free bereavement counselling service.

6 Jun 2019

SAIF President Jim Auld and Chief Executive Terry Tennens will be on the SAIF stand (No. 435) at this weekend's National Funeral Exhibition. They're looking forward to talking to visitors about our work representing the nation's independent funeral firms.

5 Jun 2019

Building on the success of 2017's show, the SAIF team is looking forward to meeting visitors at this weekend's National Funeral Exhibition 7th - 9th June 2019. Come and join us on stand 435 for a cuppa and chat about all things funeral-related. 🤝☕️🙂