Neville Funerals is hosting a coffee morning at its head office in Luton on Friday 10th May to help people talk about death and grief. The event will take place at Neville House on Marsh Road, Leagrave, Luton from 10am to 11.30am. Visitors can chat with representatives from Keech Hospice and Lea Bereavement Support Service, as well as get advice and information on practical issues such as funeral planning, wills and end of life care.
The drop-in event is part of the nationwide Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from May 13-19. The theme for this year’s Dying Matters campaign is ‘Are We Ready?’, and looks at the practical and emotional steps we all need to take to be ready for the end of our lives. Opinion polls show that only about a third of people have written a will or thought about their funeral, and even fewer have thought about their end of life care, or made a decision about organ donation.
Vicky Trumper, Director of Neville Funerals commented: “Talking about death and grief can be difficult and we know that lots of people have questions or concerns. We want to help people become more comfortable talking about these subjects, giving everyone peace of mind that when the time comes, you can say goodbye in the way you want to.”
Dying Matters is run by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, and brings together a broad coalition of organisations related to dying and bereavement, such as hospices, solicitors, funeral directors and grief support services.
Tracey Bleakley, the CEO of Hospice UK said: “It’s always amazing to see the creativity and imagination that people bring to their Dying Matters events. I hope many people will take advantage of this chance to talk about a difficult topic in a friendly and supportive way. It isn’t easy to talk about death, but it’s important that we all do.”