The Cremation Society of Great Britain

Annual Cremation Conference 2005

The Imperial Hotel, Torquay

Wednesday 13th, Thursday 13th and Friday 15th July 2005

Wednesday 13th July 2005

14.15 hrs Opening of the Conference, Dr Stephen Leadbeatter, Member of the Council of the Cremation Society

Presidential Address, the Rt. Hon. the Earl Grey

14.30 hrs Death Redesigned: The Architecture of British Crematoria by Professor Hilary J Grainger, BA(Hons), Ph.D., FRSA, Associate Dean of The School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton


15.15 hrs The Freedom of Information Act 2000 by Mr Terence Thompson, Investigative Journalist


19.00 hrs Welcome Evening and Viewing of Exhibition

Thursday 14th July 2005


9.45 hrs Opening by Chairman, by Stephen White, Member of the Council of the Cremation Society

10.05 hrs An Argument for Environmentally Friendly, Natural Burial, by Josefine Speyer, co-founder and former co-director of the Natural Death Centre and co-editor ofthe fourth edition of the Natural Death Handbook (2003)

10.25 hrs Social Changes in Values May Lead to a Repositioning of Cremation in Society, by Professor Douglas Davies BA, M Litt, Ph.D, Hon. Dr. Theol., Professor in the Study of Religion and Head of Department of Theology at the University of Durham

10.45 hrs Cremation as Violence by Dr Piers Benn M.A., MPhil, PhD, Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, Imperial College, London

11.05 hrs Coffee

11.30 hrs Cremation - Covering up Crime - Fact or Fiction? by Dr Stephen Leadbeatter MB ChB Bristol 1980, MRCPath 1989, DMJ (Path), Senior Lecturer/Consultant in Forensic Pathology, Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University

11.50 hrs "Break-Out" Session followed by Questions

12.45 hrs Delegates' Lunch

14.30 Opening of the Afternoon Session by Revd Dr Peter Jupp

Religious Objections to Cremation
(Panel of Religious Representatives)

14.35 hrs Out of the Ashes: Jewish Attitudes to Cremation by Mr Frank Gent, B.A.(Oxon.), M.A.(Leics.)

14.55 hrs The Islamic Attitude to Cremation by Imam Mohammed Saeid

15.15 hrs Why Greek Orthodox People do not Like their Dead Cremated by Professor Emeritus Peter Loizos

15.35 hrs Why Roman Catholics Prefer Burial Monsignor Kevin McGinnell

15.50 hrs "Break-Out" Session

16.15 hrs Speakers' Panel

Friday 15th July 2005

9.30 hrs From Grit to Mercury: 50 Years of Crematoria Abatement and the Role of CAMEO by Mr Brendan Day MBA, F.I.C.C.M.(Dip), Scheme's Technical Officer

10.00 hrs Discussion

10.15 Cremator Emissions Removal Device by Mr Tom Marshall, B.Sc., D.M.S., M.B.A, C.Eng., F.I.E.E, Managing Director, Clean Air (Formaldehyde) Ltd

10.45 hrs Discussion

11.00 hrs Coffee

11.15 Heat Recovery from Cremators as Part of a Filter System in Crematorium "De Boskamp" Assen by Mr Paul Dijkstra, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Stichting Rouwcentrum "De Boskamp"

11.45 hrs Discussion

12.00 Promession by Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, B.A., Biologist, Promessa Organic AB

12.30 hrs Discussion

Break for lunch

14.15 hrs Where are we with Secular Funerals? by John Pearce, M.A., Dip.Ed., Dip.Theol., Institute of Civil Funerals

14.45 hrs Discussion

15.00 hrs Presidents' Panel

Moderator: Mr Harvey Thomas CBE
Isabel Mattick, President, Federation of British Cremation Authorities
Jenny Gregson, President, National Association of Memorial Masons
Nigel Lymn Rose, President, National Association of Funeral Directors
Allan Sinclair, President, British Institute of Funeral Directors
David MacColl, President, Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management

Closing of Conference

19.30 Conference Banquet

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