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Kingfisher Independent Funeral Services

We are a small independent and locally owned funeral service, serving families in Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and wherever required. Our members of staff are all passionate about their work and acknowledge the importance of approaching the profession from a non-commercial perspective. Our strength is in our very small size, four qualified funeral directors and two bereavement support dogs, which enables us to focus entirely on the families we support and to offer a unique personal service listening to their needs and tailoring our service to their exact requirements.

1 March 2017
East of England
Care, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
Huntingdonshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We will help our clients to include those people who are living with dementia in arranging and attending funerals, and will make our premises and our staff  'dementia friendly'.  We will carry out in-house training on aspects of dementia so that all of our members of staff have underpinning knowledge. We will also offer ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions to interested parties, individuals or community groups, at our premises and other locations where requested. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Although we need to prioritize our work arranging and conducting funerals, we will continue to make supporting families affected by dementia a key part of what we do. Being involved with the launching of a Dementia Action Alliance for Huntingdonshire right from its start, means that we will be working with and encouraging other local organizations to increase their understanding of dementia and, hopefully, commit to the Action Alliance.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Staff

    To ensure all our staff are Dementia friends and have taken the Virtual Dementia Tour training.

  • Dementia Friendly Funerals

    To provide quiet and safe premises with minimal distractions in Huntingdon and St Neots  where people living with dementia can attend funerals with supportive funeral staff in attendance.

  • Dementia Friends Sessions

    To continue offering Dementia Friends Sessions in the Huntingdonshire area

    Being implemented
  • Dementia and Bereavement

    To explore research that has been done about the effects of grief and bereavement on people living with dementia in order to give better support to bereaved  families.

  • Spreading The Word

    To speak at the inaugral meeting of South Cambs DAA about small businesses becoming dementia friendly

    Being implemented
  • Advertising

    To include the Dementia Friends logo in all our new advertising

    Being implemented