South Staffordshire Council is hosting the event, which forms part of the activities taking place during Dying Matters Week (13 – 19 May), 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.
Rebecca Morgan, bereavement and business support officer at South Staffordshire Council, said: “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.
“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.”
She added: “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.”