Dying Matters Awareness Week

Last week we took part in the Dying Matters Awareness week. Every year in May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year’s theme "What Can You Do... in your community?" invited people all around the UK to come together to look at what we can all do to prepare more for death and bereavement as a group.

Schools, hospices, workplaces and community groups were encouraged to hold events to help open up discussion. Every year we take part in our local community events to provide support and advice from the perspective of arranging a funeral, what to do when someone dies, how to plan for the eventually and many other areas of focus. This year, we were invited to take part in four events including The Royal Free Hospital, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead, Camden Carers Service and Priscilla Wakefield House Nursing Home.

At Marie Curie, a panel of belief/faith leaders including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish and Islam gave short presentations on their different approaches to dying, death and bereavement and there was opportunity for participants to ask the questions that would allow them to provide more equitable care to all patients and their families. Andrew Leverton was on hand to answer any questions that arose.

At Priscilla Wakefield Nursing Home, Funeral Director Deborah Rush from our Muswell Hill branch spoke to a mixture of residents, relatives and staff to offer advice and explain the processes and the options available at each stage of a funeral. Deborah spoke after the Advance Care Planning nurse, Helen McInnes and when the questions started coming she was able to help give advice.

We take part and contribute to lots of events throughout the year including giving talks to nursing care students at university, community groups and we offer visits for people working in end of life care to better understand the process so that they can explain to their patients and families what to expect when someone dies. We genuinely want to help people irrelevant of whether they are clients of ours or not. We are always here to help.

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My heartfelt thanks go to Craig and the team who took care of my Dad earlier this month. From start to finish it was perfect. Their care and professionalism was spot on.

Review by Carol H left on 22 May 2024

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The service we have received from Levertons has been empathetic, understanding and non judgemental. We dealt with Carmel and she was efficient, and thoughtful, making a difficult time, easier to manage. My uncle died alone, having lived a solitary life. As a family we had no idea of his wishes, but knew that a large busy funeral would not have fitted in with who he was. We opted for a quite non attended cremation, and it was arranged seamlessly, and efficiently, helping the family that remained, to have peace that he had some dignity at the time of death. Due to the distance, it was all managed online and over the phone, which meant easy communications to all the family. We have used Levertons for all family in London and would recommend then time and time over. Thank you from us

Review by Lesley M left on 16 May 2024

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After what has been a testing couple of months, Leverton handled the funeral of my late Brother Stefan with compassion and dignity, and arranged for his ashes to be scattered at Golders Green Crematorium in the same place as his parents. I would like to thank them for their patience and kindness throughout this difficult time.

Review by Maureen S left on 16 May 2024

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Very friendly helpful and competent. A pleasure to use

Review by Simon K left on 15 May 2024

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Good afternoon All, On behalf of my family and myself I would like to extend our deepest appreciation for all the care and support rendered to us at our most vulnerable time. Thank you for everything and I would certainly recommend your incredible service to friends and family in future. Much regards Cynthia Sarfo Mensah (Widow) Awuku Danso family.

Review by Cynthia S left on 15 May 2024

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Debbie and all of Levertons looked after both my mum five years ago and my uncle last month they were -without doubt amazing caring and professional. I can't thank them enough.

Review by Andrea K left on 15 May 2024

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Review by Michael P left on 15 May 2024

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Kathryn was kind, patient and always flexible with arrangements. It's a compliment to say she was also entirely professional: when you're organising a funeral you're not usually at your most efficient, so it's essential to have someone who is. My thanks to her and her team.

Review by Roger H left on 13 May 2024

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I cannot recommend Levertons highly enough. Craig Parker was so helpful, and made all the arrangements for my mother's funeral, and his colleague Lorna Walkden ensured that everything went smoothly on the day. It mean that I could focus on the event, without worrying about the arrangements. A source of great comfort and reassurance at a very difficult time.

Review by Lorna H left on 13 May 2024

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Highly recommended, thought Levertons were professional and dignified throughout the whole process of the funeral arrangements. My particular thanks goes to Lorna for her professionalism through our experience in dealing with Levertons

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