First Inspector of Funeral Directors appointed in Scotland

We were delighted when it was announced that the first government-appointed Inspector of Funeral Directors in Scotland was to be a woman. A clear indication of how far women have come in the profession in the last thirty years or so. Funeral directors have welcomed Ms McKail’s appointment to the role, which will see her conduct an 18-month review of the profession and advise on potential regulations, will help “shape the future” for funeral professionals and the members of the public they serve. The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), said their members “overwhelmingly supported” the introduction of…

Why should my business be dementia friendly?

Why would a Funeral business want or need to be dementia friendly? The best way to answer that is to describe three recent funeral arrangements, all of which involved a person living with dementia. The first example was an elderly lady who asked us to arrange her husband’s funeral. He had died in a care home from dementia. The lady, let’s call her Joan, was as grief stricken as any other new widow that I have worked with in over 30 years as a funeral professional. However she had an additional burden in that she had been parted for many…

If I were a Refugee

If I were a refugee, how would I feel if I saw my children sleeping on the bare earth, cold and hungry?If I were a refugee, how would I feel if the land of my birth, which I love, is now a place of terror and hatred from which I had to flee with my babies to a hostile land where I am seen as human garbage? If I were a refugee how would I feel if I was a Doctor and was now treated like a worthless nobody?  If I were a refugee how would I feel if I…

HOW SAFE IS MY FUNERAL PLAN?

Quite recently our local newspaper, radio and regional television was full of reports that fairly made my hackles rise. The reports stated that a funeral director in this area had allegedly sold funeral plans to a local couple and then ceased trading and disappeared with the couple’s life savings of four thousand pounds. It’s reasonable to expect that if this person sold two funeral plans, he is very likely to have sold more and that this is not an isolated incident but the tip of a very large iceberg. You can imagine how we all felt, justifiable anger at yet…

Chris’s Bee Blog or the ramblings of a would bee bee keeper.

  The beegining.(Pedants please note deliberate spelling mistakes) August bank holiday weekend 2014 marks the start of my new life as a beekeeper. My Abbey Funerals blog page seems to have been received much better than I had expected, especially when I ramble on about anything connected with gardens, flowers or wildlife, I thought keeping a blog about this journey might interest some. It will certainly help me to keep a record of how I ‘grow’ as a bee keeper. Bee keeping is something I have been interested in since childhood when I would go with uncle Bill, a cousin…

Count Your Blessings

The newest Facebook craze is to list three things every day for which you are thankful. On day one you have to nominate three of your ‘friends’ to also take up the challenge. Nobody has nominated me yet but that doesn’t stop me from thinking and writing about the things I am thankful for. First has to be my husband and family, and I guess most people would say the same. And, of course, most will also say “mine is the best” but what about those who can’t say that, those who, for whatever reason, have been cut off from…

Friends Together: Despite the Weather (and Technology…)

 Oh, dear! What can the matter be? In which Chris Parker is wrong several times, mislays some pensioners and takes on some tricksy technology but beats the British weather to have fun: We’d been arranging the trip to Hampshire since just after Christmas. Our Friends Together groups and members from Tonbridge, Paddock Wood and Tunbridge Wells were all looking forward to a day out. Back then, the end of May seemed reasonable: likely to be fairly warm, not too hot for our older members and – we hoped – dry. Wrong, wrong and wrong again. To be fair, the weather…