Press Release: Cardiff Funeral Director named Funeral Arranger of the Year Finalist at ‘Death Oscars’ 2017

Cardiff, Wales, September 6th, 2017| James Rogers of independent Cardiff firm, Coles Funeral Directors, is up for the prestigious title of ‘Funeral Arranger of the Year 2017’ at the Good Funeral Awards – dubbed ‘the Death Oscars’ (or the Oscars of the funeral trade).Now in its sixth year, the Good Funeral Awards were set up to showcase the excellence of the British funeral industry: celebrating people who do outstanding work for the bereaved and recognising the UK’s best gravediggers, embalmers and funeral directors.


The organisers explain the concept of the Awards:

“The ceremony is a bridge between the general public and the much misunderstood funeral industry… Winning a Good Funeral Award is a sign that the public can come to you and enjoy the high-quality service they deserve.”


Local Funeral Director, James Rogers, received news of his nomination in July, and heard that he had made the Finalists shortlist when he was invited to attend the prestigious Awards ceremony at Porchester Hall in London on 7th September. He shares his delight at making the final cut:


“Arranging a funeral is so much more than making sure everything runs smoothly on the day. It’s about offering unwavering support to families through the early stages of grief – and I get lots of feedback from the families I work with saying that myself and the rest of the team do a great job of that, which is always great to hear! And now to be a finalist in this prestigious category is just the icing on the cake. It’s a real honour to be a Funeral Director for Coles, which is a business that is going from strength to strength – and has given me the opportunity to be considered for Funeral Arranger of the Year.”


Director of Coles Funeral Directors, Gareth Coles, commends James’ finalist position and wishes him all the best for the ‘Death Oscars’:


“I’m absolutely thrilled for James that his hard work has been recognised – and whatever happens at the Death Oscars, we’re really proud of him. It’s not often we get to celebrate this industry – and I can’t wait to enjoy an afternoon in London with him and our fellow professionals from all over the UK. The funeral industry is considered a mystery by many, but initiatives like the Awards, open events, blogging and social media are helping to dispel the myths and provide a behind the scenes glimpse at what goes on.  The industry needs these positive, good news stories to encourage new talent like James into the industry in Cardiff in order to maintain the highest possible standards of care for the deceased and their families.”

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About Coles Funeral Directors
With people from all walks of life, cultures and religions proud to call Cardiff home, Coles Funeral Directors is dedicated to serving this diverse community and delivering bespoke services to ensure each and every funeral is the perfect reflection of the life of the deceased. Professional, independent and family-run, Coles’ innovative and flexible business is at the forefront of the funeral industry in South Wales, delivering traditional religious ceremonies, woodland and eco funerals, and all types of humanist and celebration of life services. Coles Funeral Directors also provides tailored pre-planning and pre-paid funeral plans and has won Golden Charter’s Funeral Planner of the Year two-years running (2015 & 2016) for its pre-need work.


Regulated by the National Association of Funeral Directors, Coles Funeral Directors rigorously follows their code of conduct demonstrating its commitment to raising standards in the funeral and death care industry in Cardiff and the surrounding areas.

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For further information please contact Head of Communication, Francesca Coles:

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