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A number of events to help people talk about death and grief are taking place in Scarborough this week as part of the nationwide Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from May 13th to 19th 2019.

Dying Matters is a national campaign that started in 2010. Run by national and palliative care charity Hospice UK, it brings together organisations related to dying and bereavement such as hospices, solicitors, funeral directors and grief support services.

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters campaign is Are We Ready? 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. Events held as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week focus on the practical and emotional steps we all need to take to be ready for the end of our lives.

Pinkney Grunwells solicitors Michael Johnson and Alison Jeffels will be attending events at Stephen Joseph Theatre and Woodlands Crematorium in Scarborough. We hope to see you there!

Dead Good Café & Chat – Wednesday 15th May, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, YO11 1JW

The chance to speak freely and ask questions about any aspect of death or dying to help the discussion about what we would like at the end. Meet experts from solicitors, funeral directors and other groups who can guide and advise on how we can prepare ourselves and our families for the inevitable and make better choices to suit our individual needs.

For more information, click here.  


Woodlands Crematorium Open Day & Dying Matters event - Saturday 18th May, 10am to 4pm
Woodlands Crematorium, Woodlands Drive, Scarborough, YO12 6QN

Meet and hear presentations from professionals including Celebrant Colin Nolan, St Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough & District SANDS, Soul Midwife and Complementary Therapist Kim Kinsella, Revd Julie Wardman, Scarborough & Ryedale Carers Resource Centre and the Friends of Dean Road & Manor Cemeteries Group. Scarborough Borough Council’s Bereavement Services Team will be giving tours of the Crematorium throughout the day.

Presentations will take place at 10.30 and repeated at 1.30pm. Call 01723 372652 to book a place at one of the presentations or for more information, click here.