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The Undertaker at Work by Brian Parsons London Cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer by Hugh Mellor and Brian Parsons The Glades of Remembrance, Brookwood Cemetery by Brian Parsons, Erkin Guney and John Clarke The London Way of Death by Brian Parsons J H Kenyon: the first 125 years by Brian Parsons
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About Me

Brian ParsonsBiography


I have worked in the funeral industry in London since 1982. I gained the Diploma in Funeral Directing and became a member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1984. After working for JH Kenyon as a funeral director and embalmer I embarked upon a BA degree in Business Studies at the University of Westminster followed by a PhD which explored change in the British funeral industry during the twentieth century. In 1997 I returned to SCI (Dignity) as a training consultant for the London area until becoming editor in 2005 and then features editor of the Funeral Service Journal. I now work freelance providing a training, consultancy and research service under the banner of Funeral Service Training (London).


From 2008 I lectured on the Foundation Degree in Funeral Service at the University of Bath, convening the units: The History of Funeral Services and Funeral Services: organisation and change. I have a long standing interest in funeral service education and became a BIFD registered tutor in 1991, was a member of their Education Committee (in charge of tutor training) and also gained a certificate in teaching adults from the University of London.


Since 2010 I have contributed towards the revision of the National Association of Funeral Directors’ qualifications and am one of their accredited tutors. I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.


I have given papers at a number of conferences including Dying, Death and Disposal, the Cremation Society, the British Institute of Funeral Directors, The British Institute of Embalmers, the Confederation of Burial Authorities, the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management and the annual Cemeteries Colloquium at the University of York.


I have contributed numerous articles to funeral-related journals including Mortality, Pharos International, BIFD Journal, ICCM Journal, Funeral Director Monthly, The Embalmer, FSJ, Thanos and The Director. I have also written essays for The Handbook of Death and Dying, The Encyclopaedia of Cremation and Death Our Future.


You can find out more about my books, articles, lectures and images collection by following the appropriate links on my website.


You can contact me by emailing info@brianparsons.org.uk