People are always surprised to hear that not all Funeral Directors are qualified, nor do they have a license to practice. There is no legislation in place at the moment, although those of us who are qualified are always pushing to get the government to put something in place to change this.

You wouldn’t choose to have an operation by a doctor who was not qualified, yet many families leave their loved ones in the care of an unqualified Funeral Director, as they wrongly think that all Funeral Directors must be qualified.

The British Institute of Funeral Directors (BIFD) is an educational institute offering the highest qualification a Funeral Director can achieve. Once qualified with ongoing education, an annual licence to practice can be obtained.

When choosing a Funeral Director look out for the BIFD LOGO (pictured above) so that you can be safe in the knowledge that your loved one is in the best possible care.