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Brian Parsons has worked in the funeral industry since 1982. He gained the Diploma in Funeral Directing and became a member of the British Institute of Embalmers before embarking on a degree in Business Studies in 1990. He then wrote a PhD that explored change in the British funeral industry during the twentieth century. During this time Brian worked as a training consultant for a large organisation before becoming editor of Funeral Service Journal in 2005. He was involved in planning the Foundation Degree in Funeral Service at the University of Bath where he lectured on two units. He has also worked on the London Association of Funeral Directors' Certificate in Funeral Arranging and Administration, is a National Association of Funeral Directors Approved Tutor, and assisted with NAFD with preparation of their educational courses. Brian now runs Funeral Service Training (London) providing a training, research and consultancy service to the funeral sector.
Brian has spoken at many conferences and seminars on historical and contemporary matters relating to funeral service. He has also had articles published in most funeral-related journals including Pharos International, ICCM Journal, Funeral Director Monthly, The Embalmer and also Mortality. He is the author of The London Way of Death, Committed to the Cleansing Flame: the Development of Cremation in Nineteenth Century England, JH Kenyon: The First 125 Years, FW Paine: The First 125 Years and (with Hugh Meller) London Cemeteries: An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer. The Undertaker at Work: 1900-1950 will be published in 2013 and From Undertaker to Funeral Director is in preparation. Current research interests include the interviewing an octogenarian funeral director and assessing the progress of cremation in south west London.