The good funeral awards 2017 are coming up soon and the long list of finalists has been announced. The award ceremony is in it’s sixth year now. LifeRites is extremely delighted  to announce that our very own co ordinator and  all round wise woman, Lyn Baylis, has been nominated for “The most Significant Contribution to the Understanding of Death” .

The Awards are held annually by the Good Funeral Guide and are recognised as the flagship award ceremony in the death industry. They have been called the Oscars of the Uk funeral trade. The Good Funeral Guide say this

” The ceremony is a bridge between the general public and the much misunderstood funeral industry.”

The award ceremony and lunch is held at the sumptuous Porchester Hall in Bayswater London. Should you wish to attend and show your support there are still tickets for this highly prestigious event left if you follow this link:

http://goodfuneralawards.co.uk/tickets/

I have recently caught up with Lyn and asked her how she feels about her well deserved nomination.

photo of Lyn Baylis delivering a lecture at last year's Wichfest

Lyn Baylis delivering a lecture at a conference last year.

She had this to say.

I feel very humbled by my nomination for

Most significant contribution to the understanding of death

I sincerely believe that what I do is not about me in any way. The LifeRites motto is “thus we serve” and that is what I feel about the work I do.

I have, over the years, given talks, workshops and practical demonstrations to many diverse organisations and groups up and down the country as well as teaching on LifeRites courses. My aim has always been to try to show people that death is not as scary as is believed and that an understanding of death and the practical and spiritual needs of those facing death can help the dying person and also the friends and family members dealing with that loss.

Over the last 30 years I have met some wonderful people who share the same ethical view and together we ensure that those leaving this life are shown due respect and treated with honour and love. Laying out the dead, and performing the last offices for us is not only a sacred rite but a labour of love.

Looking to the future, we should keep breaking down the myths that surround the funeral industry and educate society about the choices available at the end of life. We also need to raise awareness of the terrible funeral poverty in this country whether it be financial, cultural, emotional or spiritual, and must be able to offer education, advice and assistance to those facing this emerging 21st century crisis.

Lyn Baylis, celebrant

Lyn

Lyn has been a real inspiration to so many and this is such a timely and well deserved nomination. All involved with LifeRites wish her well ……fingers crossed!