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European Meetings

European Meetings give members in Europe a chance to connect. They also are a valuable opportunity for North American members to attend and learn from professionals in another part of the world—often the new best practice or upcoming trend originates outside the U.S.!

European Spring Group Meeting 2023

April 21-23, 2023
Location: Empire Riverside Hotel | Hamburg, Germany


Join Karl Albert Denk and Family as they host Selected's European Group at the contemporary and upscale Empire Riverside Hotel.

For Information contact Karl Albert Denk.


European Summer Group Meeting 2023

June 8-11, 2023
Location: Captain's Club Hotel & Spa | Christchurch, UK


Selected's European Summer Conference will be held at the beautiful, luxurious Captain's Club Hotel & Spa, and will be hosted by Nick Douch and Family.

Register for the Meeting

Please use password: SIFHDOUCH2023 to register.

For Information contact Nick Douch.

European Group Contact

Peter Johnson
European Group Secretary
43 Laburnum Grove, Cleadon Village
SR6 7RJ England
Telephone: +447765848803


Past Meeting Minutes

2022 Annual General Meeting Recap

The European Group held its 2022 General Meeting on Tuesday November 8 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Chairman Nick Douch introduced the Opening Speaker, Natalie McKail, the newly appointed Chair of the Independent Funeral Services Organisation UK (IFSO). Natalie was formerly the first Inspector of Funeral Directors for Scotland. She was keen to share her views on how the industry can work with IFSO and the political channels from that, to progress towards a more formal recognition of funeral service by national government. This will require cooperation from all of the trade organisations and Natalie is confident this is achievable over time through consultation and cooperation at all levels.

Nick Douch (L) and Natalie McKail (R)

More than forty members present applauded her presentation and the Q&A session afterwards.

Topics raised and discussed in the business meeting included increased delays between death and funeral, a proposal to introduce "death and bereavement" to the UK national school curriculum and a reminder to SIFH European members of the attendance requirement to maintain membership.

Upcoming European Meetings

Mark your calendar for these upcoming meetings.

  • Spring 2023 - Hamburg, Germany - April 21-23
  • Summer 2023 - Christchurch, England - June 8-11
  • Autumn 2023 - London, England - November 14
  • Spring 2024 - Bologna, Italy - April 4-6
  • Summer 2024 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Dates T.B.C.
  • Autumn 2024 - London, England - November 12


International Group Members in the News

A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation Spreads Festive Joy with Tree Donations
A.W. Lymn Receives Approval for New Clifton Funeral Home
A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service Appoints New Director
Cheering Station Opened by A.W. Lymn for Nottingham's Robin Hood Half Marathon
Free Rolls-Royce Rides at A.W. Lymn Open Day
A.W. Lymn to Go Green with Electric Fleet
Dorset Funeral Director Goes International
Dorset's Nick Douch, Represents European Funeral Directors at US Conference
A.W. Lymn Funeral Director Up for Top National Award
A.W. Lymn Secures Plans for Cemetery to Be Built near Calverton
From Pastry Chef to Funeral Arranger, A.W. Lymn Recruits the Cream of the Crop
A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation Donates £10k to Ukrainian Catholic Church
A.W. Lymn Goes Above and Beyond with Drone Services at Funerals
A.W. Lymn Expands In-house Florist Team as Business Blooms
Isabel Walton Crowned Apprentice of the Year
Jeremy Field appointed OBE in New Year's Honours List


Pacific Meetings

Pacific Meetings give members in the Pacific region a chance to connect. They also are a valuable opportunity for North American members to attend and learn from professionals in another part of the world — often the new best practice or upcoming trend originates outside the U.S.!

Stay tuned for upcoming meeting information.

Pacific Group Contact

Peter Vincent
Pacific Group Chairman
Vincent Funeral Services
113 Bass Highway Parklands, Burnie, Tasmania 7320 Australia
Telephone: 011-61-36431-9911

Beth King
Pacific Group Deputy Chair
Kings Funerals
130 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb, Victoria 3219, Australia
Telephone: 011-61-3-5248-3444

NOTE: Pacific Meetings are completely planned and facilitated by the Pacific Group. For questions, please contact the respective meeting host and/or Pacific Group Chairman.