Poppy Mardall
Poppy is Founder and Director of Poppy's - The Modern Funeral Company, offering a simple, affordable and creative alternative to the traditional funeral.

Poppy founded Poppy’s because she wanted to help families take creative control of their funerals, memorials and celebrations of life. She feels strongly that everyone deserves a ‘good’ funeral. It should be a funeral that reflects the person who has died. It should be a funeral to be proud of. Her mission is to encourage the world to talk, think and learn about death, dying and funerals so we can make empowered, informed decisions when we need to.

Poppy has been a volunteer at Samaritans & Trinity Hospice, and a Deputy Director at Sotheby’s.

Entries by Poppy Mardall

Ten Tips to Keep Funeral Costs Down

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 7:18 AM


The Royal London National Funeral Cost Index just released their research which shows that funeral costs across the UK have risen 4%, way above inflation, to £3,700.

The news is particularly bad for Londoners. Residents of Wandsworth face the third highest funeral...

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Girl Power: Why the Funeral Industry Needs Women

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 6:32 AM


We've just been shortlisted for the First Women Awards, in association with Lloyds Banking Group and we're jumping for joy. It's independent recognition from outside the funeral industry that this work, which feels so important to our little team, is work...

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Planning a Funeral? Why Information Is Power

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:00 PM

One thing we all have in common: we're going to die. We won't all get married, have children or see Niagara Falls. But every single one of us will die. Yet the vast majority of us only think about death when we have to.

And what's the first thing we...

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Funerals: Where's the Meaning?

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Wikipedia says a funeral is 'a ceremony for celebrating, respecting, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a person who has died'. My Oxford English Dictionary gives the meaning: 'pertaining to the ceremonial burial (or cremation) of the dead.'

All pretty open-ended. No mention of form, structure, funeral directors, coffins,...

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Funerals: Why Do We Spend So Much?

(20) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Funerals. We love to spend money on them. Well, we don't love to spend money on them. But we're terrified not to. Most of us feel the amount of money we spend on a funeral correlates to a chart which measures how much we love the person who has died....

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