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'Maureen's Musings'

February 2014

It is a fact that one day our life will come to an end. No-one likes to dwell on the subject of death, dying and funerals, in fact most of us try to avoid thinking about it, most of the time. And yet it remains true that it is the one experience (along with being born!) that we all share. High or low, rich or poor, black or white, towndweller or country-lover, we will all die.

But does it always have to be traumatic for ourselves and our loved ones? And what could we do to ease the pain?

One idea is the initiative called GraveTalk, designed by the Church of England - and here in Pattingham we are one of a number of parishes being asked to trial a new approach to this difficult topic and to provide people, whether from church or the wider community, with an opportunity to come together, to talk informally and, we hope, to gain confidence and strength in exploring some ideas around life, death, society, funerals and grief.

GraveTalk sessions aim to provide a safe place where you can come to talk with other people who al: feel the need to think about this important subject. It is not a lecture or a religious service, just an opportunity to chat over tea, coffee, cake and biscuits and see where some questions can take you.

Although GraveTalk is hosted by a local Church, it is open to people of all faiths, those who do not have any religious beliefs and those who are unsure of where they stand at the moment.

And you will not be asked to join anything or commit to anything if you come along ... although since this is a 'pilot', it would be helpful to gain some feedback from you Afterwards, but you can decide whether or not you want to give this.

Our first GraveTalk session is to be held in The Village Hall (small hall) on the afternoon of Wednesday February 19, at 2.30pm. It will last for about one-and-a-half to two hours maximum. There will be tea (or coffee), there will be cake, there will be conversation. There are no 'right' answers but there will be thought provoking questions - just to get the conversation started. Any we would love to see you there...

For more information or to register your interest, phone Maureen on 700257; Ken on 700355; or Paul on 763577.