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Special opportunity to talk about death

A special event aimed at encouraging High Peak people to talk about death, dying, bereavement and loss took place at Blythe House Hospicecare in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

It was seen as a chance for people to meet and chat to local professionals including funeral celebrants, solicitors, funeral directors, florists, and death doulas who help families cope with death.

Also on hand were experts from the Blythe House team. 

Blythe House information and support manager Louise Furmston 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 was 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.” 

Louise organised the event alongside Jane Butler, Compassionate Communities Lead at Derby and Derbyshire Age UK.

She said: “It provided an opportunity for guests to ask questions and start conversations. 

“Whilst such things can seem out of our comfort zone, talking about death, dying and bereavement doesn’t make it happen.” 

A member of the Blythe House team also sat alongside a panel of other local experts at a unique ‘death question-time’ event at New Mills Providence United Reformed Church.

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