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Talking about Death - in New Mills

Providence United Reformed Church has teamed up with Compassionate Communities Derbyshire and community volunteers to bring a week-long series of events to New Mills to get people talking about death.  

Ranging from an art exhibition to engaging and informative talks, a Q&A session to a Death Café, a graffiti board on the Prom to fun family activities and much more, there is something for everyone. 

Running this year from 11-14 May 2019, Dying Awareness Week is supported by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about something we will all face – dying, death and bereavement.

Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about death and dying can help us make the most of our lives and to support friends and family.

Minister of Providence Church Alison Termie says "Traditionally, the church has had a lot to say about what happens after death, but there is simply much we do not know and it is a difficult topic for people to talk about. We’ve planned this series of events, not to offer answers, but simply to offer a safe space where people open up conversations about something which we all face.”

Community volunteer Sue Rodrigues says "Whether it’s because of fear or simply not wanting to ‘go there’, in the UK, we seem to have a problem with talking about dying. These events are aimed at breaking down barriers and busting the myths that surround death so that we are able to talk in open and healthy ways about death and dying.”

The full programme of events and activities follows. For more information see www.providencechurch.co.uk/upcoming-events 

Contact, Sue Rodrigues   01663 747841      suecounsellor@gmail.com 

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