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Creating Conversations in Croydon

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.

Creating Conversations online events

Due to government and organisational guidance, we are currently holding our Creating Conversations events online. 

Bereavement Café

Every Monday, 5-6.30pm (sessions to resume on 11 January 2021)
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Death Café

Every Wednesday, 2.30-4pm (sessions to resume on 6 January 2021)
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Call for end of life champions 2021

Would you like to empower people in Croydon to break down the silence and have important conversations about dying, death and grief, either in your professional capacity or as a volunteer within your community?

If you can commit to four free bite-sized training sessions on Zoom – with ongoing support from the project lead – we would love to hear from you.

The training Zoom meetings will be Wednesdays 13, 20 and 27 January and 3 February, 10.30am-1pm

For further information or to register your interest, contact Carol Trower on

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.

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.

Start volunteering

We would love you to join our wonderful team of volunteers. Find out more about what the role involves and how to become a Creating Conversations volunteer.

If you would like more information on how to get involved or want to book an event in Croydon, please email Carol Trower on

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.