Cutting a ribbon to open the More than just a Funeral exhibition in Uckfield are, from the left, Jeremy Field, of CPJ Field, Uckfield Deputy Mayor Cllr Jackie Love, Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew and CPJ Field community champion Paula O'Neill.

Uckfield exhibition sparks conversation about end of life wishes

People and businesses from all walks of life from Wealden Crematorium to a Pets as Therapy charity attended a More than just a Funeral exhibition in Uckfield last week.

The event, organised by funeral directors CPJ Field,  was opened by Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew and Deputy Mayor Cllr Jackie Love with the aim of sparking conversations around death, funerals and end of life wishes among locals.

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It also led to a new partnership between CPJ Field and the Pets as Therapy charity.

The funeral directors are now arranging for dogs to come along to their monthly Community Coffee events in Uckfield, and to provide the opportunity for dogs to be present when clients come in to arrange a funeral, to help make the process more relaxing and manageable.

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Noel Austin, volunteer and co-ordinator for the charity said: “Who’d have thought that an event like last week at Uckfield would be such fun and so productive for our organisation.

“It was a fantastic occasion and I am sure that many visitors left feeling more informed and less stressed about their funeral. I felt the whole event was well organised.”

CPJ Field community champion Paula O’Neill said she was already looking ahead at the potential for another exhibition next year.

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