Council to host local bereavement support and advice event

Released on 30 April 2019

South Staffordshire council news

Residents in South Staffordshire are being encouraged to come along to a bereavement support and advice event in Wombourne on Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 10am to 3pm.

South Staffordshire Council is hosting the event, which forms part of the activities taking place during Dying Matters Week, an annual awareness raising campaign that encourages people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The event will take place in Wombourne Civic Centre, close to Sytch Lane Cemetery, which will be holding guided tours throughout the day. Free information, guidance and support will be available on all aspects of funeral planning and exhibitors will include local funeral directors such as Wombourne Funeral Services, Co-op FuneralCare and Jennings Funeral Directors, local Wombourne churches, Gornal Wood Crematorium, Age UK Staffordshire, Cruse Bereavement Care, Citizens Advice, The Beth Johnson Foundation (Cancer Support Programme), CASS The Carers Association, Kensington Square Will Writers, St Giles Hospice, Taylor's Florists, a local funeral celebrant and Jenny's Kitchen.

South Staffordshire Council oversees two cemeteries in the district, Sytch Lane Cemetery in Wombourne and Strawberry Lane Cemetery in Great Wyrley.

“This year marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Sytch Lane Cemetery and this event gives us an opportunity to show how it's developed over the years and why it's such a peaceful and dignified place of rest," explains Rebecca Morgan, Bereavement and Business Support Officer at South Staffordshire Council.

“We would like to invite everyone along to celebrate the anniversary of the cemetery and join us for tea, coffee and cakes and to remember your loved ones by hanging a personalised message on our remembrance tree. Few of us are comfortable talking about dying and death but it is important to make time to have honest conversations with your loved ones about your end of life wishes. It can be difficult dealing with a death but there's lots of advice available and by holding bereavement support and advice events like this one, we hope to help raise awareness about what personal choices and support there is available locally to help with both the practical and emotional aspects of a funeral."

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Notes to editors

  • South Staffordshire Council oversees two cemeteries in the district, Sytch Lane Cemetery in Wombourne and Strawberry Lane Cemetery in Great Wyrley. Both cemeteries offer a variety of options from natural meadow burials to lawn graves for people of all different religions and cultural backgrounds. Grave plots are available for residents of the district as well as members of the public residing outside the district and grave plots are available to pre-purchase in advance or at the time of need. The Council is a corporate member of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) and staff hold the ICCM Diploma in Cemetery and Crematorium Management. A brochure containing information about both cemeteries is available.
  • Sytch Lane Cemetery is a seven-acre cemetery located on the outskirts of Wombourne, which opened in 2009. It is located in Sytch Lane, Wombourne, WV5 0JP.

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  • Dying Matters Awareness Week (Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019) is organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout the week, events and activities are held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

Contact details

For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Council Offices,
Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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