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Ashgate Hospicecare encourage conversations at this year’s Chesterfield ‘Death Cafe’

Death is often a topic that many people avoid, but it’s the one certainty in life – unlike other occasions such as weddings and having children – that is guaranteed to happen to everyone.

To promote Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 8th to 14h May, Ashgate Hospicecare are holding a ‘Death Cafe’ to show how it can be helpful both to ourselves and those close to us to talk about it.

The Death Cafe, which will be taking place on Thursday 11th May from 10.00am to 4.00pm, will be based at Vicar Lane shopping centre in Chesterfield and will give members of the public the opportunity to discuss subjects around death and dying in an informal and comfortable atmosphere. There will also be opportunities to ask questions to professionals including a funeral director, solicitor and staff from the hospice.

Rebecca Littlewood, Ashgate’s Communications Manager, said, “At Ashgate Hospicecare, we understand the importance of being open and honest about death and dying and actively encourage people to talk about it.

“The Death Cafe will provide an open and comfortable space for anyone to drop in, join conversations on varying subjects and help people explore questions, such as what they want from their own funerals, explore what is on their bucket list for life and more. Having the Big Conversation and opening up the dialogue about death and dying can help people make the most of their own lives, support the people they care about and help to ensure that we all know what we want, right up to the end of our lives.”

Just fancy a coffee and cake? Come along and indulge in a mid-week treat as all contributions from the Death Cafe will go directly to Ashgate Hospicecare.

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