‘Funeral fair’ to help people plan ahead

Rev Sue Faulkner
Rev Sue Faulkner

A unique event highlighting the different funeral options open to local people will take place later this month.

The informal event is being organised in Badby to help people starting thinking about planning for their death or help families start the conversation.

The Rev Sue Faulkner, from the Knightley Benefice, said: “It came about because we were having a meeting and someone mentioned they had been talking with their father about their funeral. It sparked a discussion amongst us all about how people plan these things. Someone pointed out that you have wedding fairs, so why not something for funerals?.

“I’ve been in the clergy for 15 years and I’ve never been aware of anything like this.

“It’s a simple event. I will be there, as will a funeral director. There will be a bit of a talk, a question and answer session and, afterwards, people can come and ask questions in private as well. It will be very informal.

“This event is for anyone who wants to find out more about the different options, or just who wants help starting the conversation with someone.

“You might have people nearing the end of their lives who want to discuss it with their families, couples who want to find out the options, or even individuals planning into the future.

“When you are planning a funeral after someone passes away you are obviously grieving, and some people don’t realise what options there are or what a funeral director can do for you. Whether it’s people planning for the near future, or someone who comes to get ideas and writes them down for their family to read years later after their death, that’s who we want to help.”

The event takes place on Friday, June 20, at Badby Village Hall, starting at 3pm. Anyone who wants to contact the Rev Sue Faulkner can email revsuefaulkner@aol.com.