Council marks Dying Matters Awareness Week

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 - 19 May) a drop-in ‘death cafe’ was held at the Community Room in the Guildhall on Monday (13 May).

Death is often a taboo subject and losing someone can be difficult to talk about. The idea of the cafe is to support conversations about end of life, dying well and the support services available.

The council’s bereavement team were on hand at the death cafe, to offer friendly and sympathetic advice to those facing the loss of a loved one. They are there to guide people through all aspects of funerals and the support services available to help them arrange a meaningful farewell; from traditional to home funeral arrangements.  The team have adapted their service to make options available for the bereaved, allowing them to take ownership of funeral arrangements for a loved ones even on a limited budget.

The bereavement team can provide a 'family friendly' funeral director list of local businesses and help with information on what’s available to suit different situations. They also signpost individuals or families to other organisations that may be able to offer financial assistance if needed.

Kingston’s bereavement service has evolved from a Cemetery and Crematorium service to offer an holistic approach in response to resident feedback. The team act as a focal point for all bereavement related topics to aid accessibility and to simplify processes for those having lost someone.

There is a general walk-in service giving immediate advice to the bereaved to help them discuss suitable options and get information on services from our office in Bonner Hill Road, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm).

For more information visit the council website on the bereavement services webpage.