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Creating Conversations in Croydon

Dying Matters Awareness Week Events

8-14 May 2017

Join us for a free festival of events during Dying Matters Week including talks, workshops, presentations and Death Cafes within the London Borough of Croydon to help break down the silence around death and give the people of Croydon a voice and to start thinking, talking, planning and recording their wishes.

Where will we be?

When Time
Tuesday 9 May 10am-4pm A day of informative talks, including Wills and funerals
at Scratchley Hall, Thornton Heath
Book online
Tuesday 9 May 1:30pm-4:30pm Know your Funeral Rights
Optional “behind the scenes” tour at 3.45pm
Croydon Crematorium
Booking essential on 020 8684 3877
Wednesday 10 May 10am-3pm Leaflet and information stall
at Whitgift Shopping Centre
Booking not required
Wednesday 10 May 1:30pm-2:30pm Death Café
at Costa Coffee, Allders Square, Whitgift Shopping Centre
Booking not required
Thursday 11 May 10am-3pm Leaflet and information stall
at Whitgift Shopping Centre
Booking not required
Thursday 11 May 11am-12noon Death Café
at Costa Coffee, Allders Square, Whitgift Shopping Centre
Booking not required
Friday 12 May 10am-3pm Leaflet and information stall
at Whitgift Shopping Centre
Booking not required
Friday 12 May 1:20pm-2:20pm Death Cafe
at Clocktower Café, Katherine Street
Booking not required
Friday 12 May 10am-1:15pm Creating narratives’ around “Dying Matters” in a multi-cultural Croydon
at Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street
Book online
Friday 12 May 1:30pm-2:15pm Music concert hosted by Creating Conversations in Croydon
at Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street
Book online
Friday 12 May 2:30pm-4:45pm “Don’t leave me now” a play by Brain Daniels hosted by Creating Conversations in Croydon
at Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street
Book online
Friday 12 May 4:45pm-5:30pm Creating Conversations in Croydon, through Dance
at Braithwaite Hall, Katherine Street
Book online
Friday 12 May 6pm-7:30pm Photography and moving images hosted by Creating Conversations in Croydon
at the David Lean Cinema, Katherine Street
Book online
Saturday 14 May 10am-1pm Creative Conversations Workshop
at Emmanuel Church, South Croydon
Book online

How to book:

All events are free but booking is required for some dates

Please note that all events need to be booked separately. If you’d like to come along to see us this Dying Matters Awareness Week, please register for your chosen event.

Dying well takes planning

Research shows that the majority of people in Britain have not discussed their end of life wishes or have made any plans for when they die, with only 33% having written a Will.

Studies indicate that having plans in place brings peace and comfort to family and friends at a time of sadness and loss.

But talking about death and dying can be difficult, with many families not knowing how to start these difficult conversations.

Talks and workshopsAbout the project

The Creating Conversations in Croydon project, commissioned by Croydon CCG, seeks to work with community groups with the aim of helping everyone have a good death by recording their End Of Life Wishes.

The project has specially trained volunteers who seek to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying. After all we only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why this project is so vital.

Our volunteers give talks, workshops, presentations and facilitate Death Cafes within the London Borough of Croydon to help break down this silence around death and give the people of Croydon a voice and to start thinking, talking, planning and recording their wishes.

Spending a short time now thinking about what you’d like to happen on the event of your death, writing your will and discussing your funeral wishes with your family can allow you to get back to the important things in life like spending time with family and friends, building good memories and even plan a bucket list.

Register online

record your funeral wishesThings to think about

  • You can write your will
  • You can record your funeral wishes
  • You can plan your future care and support or those of a loved one.
  • You can consider becoming an organ donor
  • You can tell your loved ones your wishes.

Within Croydon:

  • You can invite a member of the Creating Conversations in Croydon to your community group, faith group or sheltered home, to give a talk or workshop.
  • You can organize for a talk or workshop at your place of work.

Please contact c.trower@stchristophers.org.uk for more information on how to get involved or to book an event in Croydon.

In association with Age UK Croydon, Cruse Bereavement Care, Gentle Dusk and Croydon CCG

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More information

Please contact Carol Trower for more information on how to get involved or to book an event in Croydon.

Other helpful information

If you don’t want to chat, we have lots of information you can read about which might help you.

  • Stories

    from families

  • Planning

    things to think about

  • Leaflets

    to help you

  • Resources

    and advice