A funeral directors and a hospice are teaming up to tackle the stigma around death and encourage people to plan properly for theirs.

Longfield Hospice in Minchinhampton and Stroud’s Family Tree Funeral Company are hosting a day of free online events based around the question: Are you in a good place to die?

The event is being held via Zoom from 10.30am-5pm on Friday, May 14.

Guests can choose from four different sessions, or book for the entire day. Anyone can sign up - you don’t need to have a connection with Longfield Hospice or Family Tree.

Speakers include best-selling authors, medical experts and funeral directors.

Portia Hampton Wale, lead nurse at Longfield Hospice, will be hosting a session on the day.

“We want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place. This day will help open up conversations about death and dying, helping to break the taboo," she said.

Event host Jane Diamond, from Family Tree Funeral Company, is running an end-of-life planning session on the day.

“Since Covid we’re becoming more aware of our mortality and the need to plan. Planning for end-of-life can save a lot of emotional, financial and practical headaches for family members and carers," she said.

To book a session, visit longfield.org.uk/event/dying-matters