Wednesday, July 28, 2010
BBC News Reporter and Film Crew Interview Funeral Director Fred Kitchen
BBC News Producer, Lena Ferguson, reporter Stephen Nolan and film crew, Allen McGreevy from Ireland recently visited the United States, Huntington, West Virginia on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 to interview local funeral home owner and director for a documentary on obesity and death entitled “DEAD FAT” which is to be aired in January 2011. The BBC contacted Fred Kitchen with Henson Mortuary, Huntington, near Barboursville to interview him for a one hour international documentary that will be aired which focuses on the obesity problem in America and how funeral service is adjusting and assisting families as they experience the concerns and limitations associated with obesity and death. According to producer, Lena Ferguson of the BBC Northern Ireland “We researched the internet and contacted funeral homes in the Huntington, West Virginia area and Fred Kitchen and Henson Mortuary was the only funeral home to have the level of experience and expertise that Fred had in clearly communicating and dealing with casket manufacturing and the growing challenges for funeral homes, directors and families regarding obesity.” The filming took place at Henson Mortuary and Oaklawn Cemetery on Pea Ridge Road in Huntington. While working in local funeral service for many years, prior to joining Henson Mortuary, Fred also worked 6.5 years for North America’s largest casket, urn and memorial supplier and manufacturer, Batesville Casket Company as a sales and business consultant and training funeral directors in WV, VA, OH, and KY which makes him best suited for the documentary. Henson Mortuary is located on East Pea Ridge Road Huntington, near Barboursville. You can visit them online at www.hensonmortuary.com .