Lindsey Lodge Hospice has teamed up with two local companies to mark Dying Matters Week (13 to 19 May).
To support the annual campaign, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life, the Hospice is working in partnership with two of its Business Club members, Jason Threadgold Funeral Director and Pepperells Solicitors, to host workshops offering free advice on funeral planning and making wills.
Organiser Kirsty Walker, of Lindsey Lodge Hospice said: “According to research carried out by Dying Matters just 35% of adults said they had made their will, and only 30% had let someone know their funeral wishes.
“We’re holding these events locally in support of this national campaign, which aims to break some of the taboos about talking about death and dying, and encourage people to start thinking about getting their house in order.”
The bookable events will see Jason Threadgold Funeral Director running free sessions on Tuesday 14 May and Friday 17 May from 11am to talk about planning ahead and de-mystifying the funeral planning process, as well as offering an opportunity to ask questions in a safe, confidential environment.
On Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 May, representatives from Pepperells Solicitors will be holding free 45 minute appointments to help people understand more about making a Will, leaving a legacy, appointing executors, probate and power of attorney.
There will be a question and answer session between 10am and 11am, followed by bookable slots which are available from 11am to 4.45pm.
Anyone who attends the Pepperell sessions and goes on to make a Will, will be offered a discount price of £100 plus VAT (usually £125 plus VAT).
Kirsty added: “There’s never a good time to have these conversations, but talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’.”
The Hospice is now accepting bookings on any of the sessions here
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by phoning Kirsty Walker (Monday to Friday) on 01724 270835.