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Grave Talk masterclass for Dying Matters

A free online masterclass on how to talk about death and dying is being held as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Local expert David Primrose, Director for Transforming Communities at the Diocese of Lichfield, will be giving the talk to give advice to people who want to start running community discussions or online support groups around death and dying.

The class is just one of more than 50 events taking place across Staffordshire to mark Dying Matters Awareness week, from 14 to 20 May.

As part of Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board’s Dying Matters Staffordshire campaign, forty organisations from nurseries to crematoria are coming together to get involved with the week, which aims to end the stigma surrounding death.

Health and care organisations have come together across Staffordshire to spread the message to as many people as possible.

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:

“Dying Matters Awareness Week is the culmination of weeks of campaigning for people to be more open and honest about death.  It’s a tricky subject with many people reluctant to talk about it, but nevertheless it is important we have these discussions while we are well.

“Dying Matters Awareness week is packed full of activities, talks and drop-in sessions to help people have those open and honest conversations, and hopefully normalise talk about death and dying. David’s Grave Talk Masterclass is a brilliant way for people to develop the skills needed to facilitate conversations in their community and, by bringing death out into the open, help break the stigma that surrounds it.”

The free online course takes place on Tuesday May 15 from 10am, and tickets are available by going to http://www.eventbrite.co.ukand searching ‘Grave Talk Masterclass.’

For more information on all of the events taking place during Dying Matters Awareness Week, go to www.dyingmattersstaffs.org.uk, or visit Facebook and search for ‘Dying Matters Staffordshire.’