People will have the chance to think, talk, and share their funeral wishes at a special event in Uckfield today (Thursday, September 13).
The More than just a Funeral exhibition, at Uckfield Civic Centre, is being organised by Cooper & Son part of family-run funeral directors CPJ Field with the aim of breaking down barriers when it comes to discussing end of life plans.
The event will be open to everyone from 10.30am to 4pm and will cover all aspects of end of life planning, from expert legal advice to funeral personalisation.
There will be the opportunity to discuss bereavement counselling and hospice care and pick up practical information such as how to register a death.
There will also be the chance to explore some less familiar end of life options, including turning ashes into glass, jewellery, or even fireworks.
Cooper & Son community champion Paula O’Neill, who is organising the event said: “In today’s society we often shy away from talking, or even thinking about our end of life wishes.
“For many peope there isn’t much more daunting than going into a funeral home to ask a question or to discuss even the most practical aspects of planning a funeral.
“Because of this, many people are unaware of the ways in which funerals can be personalised to reflect the life of the individual who has died. The exhibition will be a great place to discover the variety of options on offer and get advice in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
“We also hope that the exhibition will open up the conversation and encourage people of all ages to share their end of life wishes. Of course these can be difficult conversations to have with the people we love the most, but it is important that we have them before it’s too late.”