Dying Matters open day at Woodlands Crematorium

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Our Bereavements Services team will be holding an open day and information event at Woodlands Crematorium on Wednesday 16 May between 10.00am and 4.30pm, which aims to get people talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and find out what end of life options are available to them and their loved ones. It will also give people an opportunity to see the recently improved facilities at the crematorium.

The Dying Matters event, which has been scheduled to take place during the national Dying Matters Awareness Week, will include presentations from the council’s Bereavement Services team, Colin Nolan of the Dying Matters Coalition, St. Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough and District SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity), Soul Midwife and Complementary Therapist Kim Kinsella, Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemeteries and solicitors that can advise on wills and probate. Presentations will take place at 10.00am and will be repeated at 1.30pm.

Tours of the crematorium will take place throughout the day and people will be able to view the new Garden Room, which has been created by refurbishing and extending the old waiting room. The Garden Room has been equipped with a larger TV monitor and improved sound system for visitors to view and listen to funeral services.

The Wesley musical and video tribute system that is used at many of the funeral services held at the crematorium has also been improved and upgraded. A network of new footpaths and external lighting has been added to the crematorium grounds and a new tarmac surface directly outside the main entrance now acts as an overspill car park.

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors (including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement); social care and housing sectors;  a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.

Anyone wanting further information about the Dying Matters event or to book a place at one of the presentations should email michael.broadley@scarborough.gov.uk or contact Bereavement Services on 01723 372652.

Michael Broadley, Scarborough Borough Council Bereavement Services Manager said:

"As a member of Dying Matters we wanted to host an informative day that really gets people talking about what very often is a taboo subject. Lack of openness can affect the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families and can also affect our ability to die where or how we would wish.

"We want to encourage people to talk about their wishes for the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans, with their family and friends. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know your wishes have been followed.”