How Do British Funerals Compare to American Funerals?

Mar 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Charles Cowling, Good Funeral Guide

Charles Cowling, Good Funeral Guide

Cremation, life celebrations, church services, natural burial, big corporations in the funeral business: How does the British way of death compare to the American way of death?

Charles Cowling, co-director and author of the Good Funeral Guide, joins host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet Talk Radio to compare the similarities and differences of US and UK funerals.

The Good Funeral Guide is a trusted, independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting, empowering and representing the interests of dying and bereaved people living in the UK. The Good Funeral Guide provides information, guidance and advocacy on behalf of funeral consumers.

Topics include:

  • Cremation rate differences and how they impact US/UK families and funerals
  • The changing roles of church clergy and celebrants at funerals
  • What impact big funeral industry corporations make in US and UK markets
  • New trends in funerals and memorial services in both countries
  • Community funeral services and home funeral options
  • Resources for planning meaningful funerals and memorial services

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Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is

Contact: Gail Rubin | PH: 505-265-7215

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