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Saturday 18th May – Chesil House hosts Dying Matters event

1st May 2019

Dying Matters 2019

Chesil House hosts Dying Matters – Let’s Talk About It (Open Day) Saturday 18th May 2019

Have you ever wondered about anything to do with death, dying, funerals and bereavement? It’s not a subject we often talk about but now there is an opportunity to ask ‘everything you always wanted to know but didn’t dare to ask’.

On Saturday 18th May a selection of experts and organisations will gather at Chesil House, 4 Chesil Street, Winchester from 10am until 4pm so anyone can drop in freely when it suits. Whether your questions are practical, spiritual or technical there will be someone there to help you.

Part of Dying Matters week, the day will feature a number of speakers covering everything from ‘Why you don’t need to be a Humanist to have a Humanist funeral’ and ‘Support available to those who wish to die at home’ to ‘Why it is a good idea to talk about your own funeral’ and ‘Funerals – a Celebration of life’.

The 2019 Dying Matters theme is ‘Are you ready’ – to either start thinking about your own death or to help someone prepare for theirs. You will be able to chat to Funeral Directors, Funeral Celebrants & Clergy, find out about wills, power of attorney, care funding, inheritance tax, advance funeral planning. Chesil House will be open for tours and you can talk to local charities Winchester Bereavement Support and Winchester Hospice.

Iain Steel, Managing Director of Richard Steel & Partners said “we are delighted to be hosting this event at our newly refurbished Chesil House, giving the local community the chance to ask those all important questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. My family have been serving Hampshire for nearly 160 years through four generations, thinking about your funeral wishes in advance is a great help to your family”

Chelsea Duke, Funeral Celebrant said ““Arranging a funeral involves a lot of decision making, but making these decisions under pressure in the emotionally charged immediate aftermath of a death is not necessarily the best time to be doing so.  Thinking about and talking about your funeral in advance gives you and your loved ones time to consider the options and create the best service for all of you.”

Ruth and Janet Celebrants from Humanists UK said “this exhibition will give visitors the chance to think about all the issues around getting older and dying and provide answers to the questions that are hard to ask. Professionals will be on hand to provide information, answer those questions and suggest the choices that are possible. All this to help you to be ready”.

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