The bereavement sector is represented by a number of organisations, covering both funeral directors and those who manage, provide and work in cemeteries and crematoria. There has always been a great deal of mutual support and cooperation between all the kindred organisations.
In view, however, of the current extraordinary circumstances in which our communities and individuals now find themselves, the organisations have agreed to work together in order to be able to better support not only their members but society as a whole.
As the Deceased Management Advisory Group (DMAG) representatives from each of the following organisations will work together to develop a consensus approach to the many challenging issues which now face the sector.
- The Association of Private Crematoria and Cemeteries (APCC)
- Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities (FBCA)
- Funeral Suppliers' Association (FSA)
- Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM)
- National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD)
- National Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF)
- The Cremation Society
During the current national emergency, we will all seek to deliver ongoing support to bereaved people in the United Kingdom.
Interim Lessons Learned - August 2020
DMAG has carried out an interim review of the response by the death management sector to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this review was not to arrive at a definitive position on the success or otherwise of the measures implemented, as clearly that will be for any inquiry which takes place later. It was to learn lessons from our collective experience and apply them so the sector will be better placed to react to any increase in deaths during the short to medium term. You can read the DMAG Interim Lessons Learned Paper here.