Taking care of the future in Lewisham

30 January 2013
Residents from across Lewisham in South East London came together this week at a packed council chamber at the local Town Hall to discuss the importance of taking care of the future and planning ahead on end of life issues. Dying Matters Communications Director Joe Levenson, pictured, reports.

Lewisham Pensioners' ForumThe event, supported by Co-operative Funeralcare, was the latest initiative to be organised by Lewisham Pensioners’ Forum as part of its partnership with Dying Matters and Age UK Lewisham.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of Dying Matters, outlined plans for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 13-19 May, and set out how people can get involved. Eve also focused on why thinking and planning ahead is so important, and hailed the pioneering approach being taken in Lewisham, saying that Dying Matters had learnt a lot about community engagement from the work in the borough.

She was followed by Suzanne Rich from Age UK’s Dying Matters Lewisham Project, who drew on her own personal experience to emphasise the importance of planning for the future and making your funeral wishes known. Accepting that even he was in denial about the prospect of dying, Alan Slater, Chief Executive of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD), then ran through My Funeral Wishes, the new leaflet developed by Dying Matters and NAFD, which is aimed at helping people to set out and share their wishes, whatever they are. Discussion then moved onto support for carers and coping with bereavement, with engaging talks by Mike Diss from Lewisham Carers and Jan Fish, Bereavement Coordinator at St Christopher’s Hospice.

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Lewisham Pensioners' Forum - external link. 

Age UK - external link 

 

 

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