The Good Funeral Awards



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Kevin Toolis

Kevin Toolis is the writer of My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die.

Toolis is a BAFTA winning film maker, playwright, director and the founder of manyriversfilms.

He has made a number of films on the terrorism in the Middle East that have been nominated for Emmys and won a BAFTA.

Toolis is the author of a classic account of the Irish Troubles Rebel Hearts: Journeys Within the IRA’s Soul, a study of the IRA.



Isabel Russo

Isabel is Head of Ceremonies at Humanists UK. She worked as an actress in theatre, film and television for 20 years before becoming a humanist celebrant in 2009.

Isabel then worked as a funeral, wedding and naming celebrant for four years, before becoming Head of Ceremonies at Humanists UK in May 2013.

The role of ritual and storytelling in shaping and influencing community has been a central thread throughout her working life. She will be speaking about emerging contemporary death rituals.



Stephen Nimmo

For over 15 years, Stephen has taken a lead role in the repatriation of UK Servicemen from abroad.

His specialist knowledge of dealing with multiple fatalities, both civilian and military has led to being appointed the preferred funeral director for the Royal Marines.

He is the managing director of Chester Pearce funeral service and will offer some insights into this challenging work.



Frances Ciardini

Frances went to university at the age of 40 after bringing up four children and suffering a serious illness at 38.

Being ill is what motivated her to start studying! She gained a BSc in Forensic and Crime Scene Science and went on to gain a MSc in Recovery and Identification of Human Remains.

She worked in Libya for a month on the Search and Recovery Team after a plane crashed in Tripoli and that’s where she developed an interest in becoming an APT.

She was lucky to be offered a position in Bournemouth Public Mortuary where she has been for seven years. Her talk will be: A Day in the life of an Anatomical Pathology Technologist



More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks. While we strive to make sure that all speaker appear as booked, we can’t guarantee their appearance.