‘Funeral award’ runner up honour
A CLAYGATE woman was selected from hundreds of nominees to go through to the final stages of this year’s “Death Oscars”.
The annual Good Funeral Awards ceremony took place on September 7 at the Porchester Hall in London.
Emma Curtis, who offers non-religious funerals to bereaved families, was runnerup in the category of Minister of the Year.
Now in its sixth year, the awards recognise “excellence” in the world of funerals, rewarding the best funeral directors and other related services.
Mrs Curtis said: “It is such an honour to be runner up for this award.
“It is great to be recognised alongside traditional ministers who are doing a brilliant job.
“But it is also important for people to know that they can be supported at their time of need in a way that fits their own beliefs.
“You can have the unique ceremony you want and need to say goodbye, plus the holistic support to get through it.”
Even though Mrs Curtis didn’t take the award home, Fran Hall, CEO of The Good Funeral Guide, said she “demonstrated outstanding professionalism, empathy and a willingness to go the extra mile”.
Other individuals and companies in Surrey were nominated for the unusual awards, including Rocket Catering.
The catering company won the UK National Funeral Caterer of the Year prize.
Melanie Hurley, business owner, said: “We are truly delighted with this recognition for all our hard work this year.”
Brian Jenner, event organiser, concluded: “The awards recognise all those unsung heroes who work so hard for the bereaved and whose role can so easily be overlooked.
“Some of the nicest people in Britain work in the funeral business.”