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Chance to discuss bereavement at Gilroes

Published on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DYING and bereavement aren’t always easy to discuss, but a Leicester crematorium is giving visitors the chance to talk openly and ask questions about the funeral process this weekend.

Gilroes Crematorium is holding an open day on Saturday, May 20, from 11am to 3pm, for people to find out more about dying, bereavement and the decisions to be made in arranging a funeral.

No funerals will be taking place on the day, so visitors will be taken on a tour of the crematorium and see behind the scenes. Elsewhere there will be the opportunity for a cup of tea, cake and a chance to ask questions about funerals. 

The event is being run by Leicester City Council in partnership with Co-operative Funeralcare, as part of Dying Matters Week. 

Leicester City Council’s bereavement services manager Alan Brown said: “Nobody likes to think about death, but many people will come to a time in their lives where they have to make decisions about a loved one’s funeral arrangements. 

“The open day at Gilroes is a chance to take away some of the fear and uncertainty around that, by giving people the chance to visit the crematorium, speak to staff about what they do, and talk openly about the issues surrounding bereavement. 

“There is often an awful lot to consider when a loved one dies, so it can help people to feel reassured if they’re familiar with what we do here.” 

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