“Being willing to explore my own experiences about death and dying is helping me live each day more fully and joyfully. It has made me realise what I truly value in life,” says Annie Blampied-Radojcin, an Inter faith Minister and Hospice Chaplain.
Annie will be leading a Grave Talk event in Forest Row this evening, which encourages people to think and talk about whether they are ‘Ready for Death?’ That is the question being posed all this week during Dying Matters Awareness Week.
Research has shown that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care. And even for those that have, the emotional aspect of being ready for death can be challenging.
Annie says: “Talking about it is a first step and can propel each of us to individual action, to help others, or set our own affairs in order. The Grave Talk Café meetings, here in Forest Row are an opportunity to articulate your own thoughts and feelings, share with others and ask questions in a relaxed café environment.”
At the event people will be able to share advice about wills, funeral planning etc. Jigsaw (South East ) is supporting Grave Talk. Nickey Price is Operations Manager, for the bereavement charity.
“Jigsaw (South East) supports children, young people and their families who are preparing for the loss of a loved one and those who are bereaved. It is so important that people feel able to talk openly and ask questions, if they want to, without feeling they are breaking a taboo. We welcome this event and I look forward to being able to share with and learn from the participants,” she says.
Time: 5-6:30 PM,
Address: Cafe Coco, 3 Hillside, Forest Row RH18 5ES.
If you would like to join the discussion or future Grave Talk Café meetings in the area, or if you would like to join an on-going support group about living and dying well, contact: Annie Blampied-Radojcin on 07791 942544 or firstname.lastname@example.org