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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Fantastic everything we wanted was done nothing put them out there way they did everything we asked for my mam was well looked after amazing people and very helpful

Review by Stacey K left on 28 Nov 2023

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Lorna was great and very professional, we had a lovely service. She listened to what we wanted and carried it out accordingly. Thanks to all the team

Review by Ann S left on 28 Nov 2023

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The relatively sudden death of my best friend who was 48 years old was one of the hardest things to bear. Levingtons made arranging his funeral so easy, the staff felt like friend who listened and understood with no pressures I’d like to thank pippa and Michael for bringing comfort at such an awlful time. Keep up the good work and never change

Review by Peter C left on 25 Nov 2023

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I was very impressed from first to last with the way in which Kathryn at Leverton handled the arrangements. Very sensitive and professional indeed.

Review by Paul G left on 24 Nov 2023

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Levertons dealt with the funeral of our dear aunt with respect and tenderness. Kathryn at the Hampstead branch was very helpful and personable and explained the process and was considerate of our wishes. She communicated regularly and was there on the day to assist and reassure.

Review by Anne S left on 10 Nov 2023

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With respect and tenderness. Kathryn at the Hampstead branch was very helpful and personable and explained the process and was considerate of our wishes. She communicated regularly and was there on the day to assist and reassure.

Review by Anne S left on 10 Nov 2023

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I had a very positive experience with Leverton in Belsize Park. Kathryn made the whole experience of organising my husband’s funeral very easy, and in assisting me to obtain the desired ceremony. The result was faultlessly beautiful.

Review by Alice F left on 07 Nov 2023

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Dear Kathryn, Thank you for your invaluable care and support during the dark days following Richard’s passing. You were a great comfort to us as a family and your ability to coordinate all the various aspects involved was nothing short of a miracle. The funeral, although traumatic, went smoothly. We received nothing but wonderful comments from all involved. We send you very best wishes.

Review by Julie R left on 06 Nov 2023

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The service that Levertons (Golders Green) provided, cannot be faulted. From beginning to end and through every aspect of the arrangements, they were: professional, supportive, kind and extremely patient. I would recommend this company very highly

Review by Catherine D left on 23 Oct 2023

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Kathryn was brilliant - she was thorough, efficient, friendly - everything from preparation to the actual day went very well. It was so nice that this old, established firm, continued to serve their customers with a personal touch. Can't recommend more. Thank you Kathryn!

Review by Kumiko M left on 18 Oct 2023

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