This special event – taking place ahead of Dying Matters Awareness Week, in conjunction with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire – is aimed at encouraging local people to talk about death, dying, bereavement and loss.
Everyone is welcome to come along, meet and chat to local professionals including funeral celebrants, solicitors, funeral directors, florists, and death doulas, as well as members of the expert Blythe House team. There will also be creative opportunities to showcase funeral plans, including what song you might like played.
Louise Furmston, Blythe House’s Information and Support Manager, said: ‘Talking about death still remains a taboo subject; people feel very uncomfortable about it. We make huge plans for births and weddings, but why don’t we spend time to plan our deaths as well? This event is aimed at bringing people together to seek advice and open up discussions between different service providers, faiths, spiritual and legal representatives.
‘If we are able to have these conversations earlier, we can plan and give preference to our end of life care, and we’re able to have a death that is better for us, and for our loved ones around us. We hope that we’re able to give people the opportunity to start putting ideas into place, to share their wishes with their families and carers.’