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At the age of 14 I told my parents I wanted to be an undertaker. My school arranged work experience and I got a placement at our local crematorium which was West Suffolk Crematorium near Bury St Edmunds. I had a fantastic couple of weeks and spoke to many different Funeral Directors, who told me about the different job roles within the funeral sector and I was especially interested in the embalming process.
After I finished my exams I started looking into embalming further and found The British Institute of Embalmers. My father contacted them and explained how I was interested in learning about the embalming process. I chose the nearest tutor to us and contacted him. He invited me to go and watch an embalming take place - on the day I was completely taken in by what I was watching and was hooked.
I signed up to the course then and there.
Whilst studying for the qualification I was contacted by Dignity U.K (one of the UK's largest funeral providers), about the possibility of a job opportunity as a trainee embalmer. I took this opportunity and started full time with them in August 2000. I obtained my Embalming qualification in 2003.
I ended up working for Dignity for 9 years, and worked as an embalmer in Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge and Wisbech.
After having my second child and whilst on Maternity leave, I was contacted by the Co Op as a vacancy was available for a mobile embalmer, which I accepted.
Then, after 4 years of being a mobile embalmer a Funeral Directors position became available, also with the Co Op, so I applied for the position and was successful.
During 2016 I gained a Diploma in Funeral Administration and Funeral Arranging. For this Diploma I was required to sit an oral exam and arrange a funeral. I achieved a 100% pass rate, which no other student had ever achieved.
During 2018 I then went on to achieve an additional Diploma, this time in Funeral Directing.
I am now one of the very few funeral directors within Cambridgeshire to have every single funeral qualification you can obtain within the sector.
In September 2020 I noticed the premises in March, Cambridgeshire was empty. I decided to take on the premises and on Monday 4th January the new K.E Rolfe Funeral Home opened.
K.E Rolfe Independent Family Funeral Directors is the first funeral home to open in March town since 1904. We are honoured to take our position within the community, and to humbly care for our clients with the utmost care and compassion.