Dying Matters In Essex

We are a dedicated community of organisations in Essex who support the 'dying to be heard,' campaign organised by the national organisation Dying Matters. The campaign aims to highlight and encourage the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. 

Community members

Coffin Club Colchester
We are an educational charity that offers a free 6 week course, run twice a year, meeting one day a week for a one hour talk from an invited speaker, with Q & A and discussion, followed by a tea break and an hour and a half coffin decorating workshop.

Coffin Club Colchester provides the opportunity to talk about what is traditionally a taboo subject. You can attend for speaker only or stay on to decorate your own low carbon footprint coffin.
Sonnet Care Homes
We believe that everyone has the right to live their life to the full, the way they want to. Whether you love to get out and about with friends, enjoy the peace of a beautiful garden, or live for the match on Saturday, we’re here to help you live the way you choose.
Age Concern Colchester
We recognise your need for support at this time when access to end of life services are not running normally. Speak to our bereavement team who can listen and help direct you to the support you need at this difficult time.
Basildon and Brentwood CCG
We are responsible for commissioning (i.e. planning, designing, buying and performance managing NHS services) for everyone who lives in Basildon and Brentwood. Our population is around 280,000.
We are clinically led by GPs who represent all 40 GP practices in Basildon and Brentwood.
The CCG is overseen by NHS England.
Ideas Hub
The Ideas Hub works to empower Chelmsfordians (individuals and groups) to support their communities by helping them to bring to life ideas and wishes.

The Ideas Hub is so much more than a community space – it has become a crucial provider of services to our community, contributing to the wellbeing of city residents, run by dedicated volunteers, and delivering more and more every day!

Farleigh Hospice
Farleigh Hospice provides hospice care to people affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement across mid Essex.

We provide care for any illness that is considered life-limiting (including cancer, neurological diseases, and chronic heart, lung, and renal diseases), both in our Inpatient Unit and in our patient’s home environments.

Old Park Meadow
Old Park Meadow is a natural burial ground between Great Dunmow and Chelmsford. We offer burial and ash interment plots as well as being able to hold funerals, services and wakes. We are committed to caring for the environment and have endeavoured to create wildflower meadows and young woodland that are both sustainable and beautiful.
huunuu - talk, plan & share
We have the tools to enable you to have the big conversations around death, dying and living your best life. Guided journals, playing cards, group discussion mats, training.
United in Kind
We’re people around Essex who are committed to tackling loneliness and isolation through acts of kindness. Together with hundreds of community, charity and voluntary groups around Essex, we’re building an online community of kindness. We’re helping people connect with friends, neighbours and strangers. We’re working together to help everyone overcome feelings of isolation.

Paul J King Funeral Directors
An independent family-owned and run business providing a personal, caring service. Our aim is to guide you through the funeral process, allowing you to create a funeral that reflects the life of the person you have lost. We have offices in Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Hullbridge and Burnham-on-Crouch. When you need our help, you can either visit your nearest office, or we can arrange to visit you at your home.
South Woodham Ferrers Health & Social Care Group
Established in 1999, we look after the health & social care interests of the people of our town. It is open to everyone who lives, works, uses or is involved with local health and welfare services in SWF. During the COVID19 crisis we are collaborating with GPs and Pharmacists, at their request, providing health & social welfare support & information, to patients & people in SWF and surrounds particularly those isolated, at risk and without local support.
Healthwatch Essex
We are an independent charity set up under the Health & Social Care Act 2012 and represent the voice for the people of Essex, helping to shape and improve health and social care services in the county. We believe that people's views and lived experience of health and care matter, so we're here to make sure your voice is heard and responded to.
Carers FIRST
Carers FIRST delivers the Carers Service across Essex supporting people aged 18+ who look after a relative or friend who due to ill health, physical or mental illness, disability, or addiction cannot manage without their support.

We provide information, advice, guidance, emotional support, training and activities, giving carers an opportunity to have a break from their caring role and help them to get the support they need.

0300 303 1555
Jane Iskander
Professionally Jane is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has a range of life experiences through her work in social care, health, palliative care and in her own life. Jane's interest in Death Cafes has arisen through a concern that as a culture we often avoid talking about the scary topics and therefore find ourselves unable to have important conversations with loved ones.
Southend CCG
NHS Southend CCG is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in south east Essex. A CCG is a group of GPs and clinicians which commissions (buys) health services for their local communities.

NHS Southend CCG covers a population of approximately 181,000 in Southend, Leigh, Westcliff and Thorpe Bay. We are committed to ensuring the delivery of local, high quality services that meet the specific needs of our population.
Thurrock CCG
Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the commissioning and delivery of local health care services.

Driven by clinicians, the CCG is supported by a wide range of professionals and strategic partners, to commission and deliver joined up seamless quality services to the public, patients and carers of Thurrock.
Mid Essex CCG
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is part of the NHS and we are responsible for planning and buying local health services.
Mid Essex CCG is based in Chelmsford and serves 392,000 people who live in the districts Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District, which together make up mid Essex.
Castle Point & Rochford CCG
Castle Point and Rochford CCG is a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in south east Essex. A CCG is a group of GPs and clinicians who commission (buy) health services for their local communities. Our role is to specify outcomes that we want to achieve for our population, and then contract providers to provide care to achieve those outcomes. We are committed to ensuring the provision of local, high quality services that meet the specific needs of our population.
Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership
The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership (HCP) is a partnership of the all the NHS organisations and councils that are responsible for your health and wellbeing and the three Healthwatch organisations for mid and south Essex.

Our Partnership is one of 42 HCPs in England. We cover the boroughs and districts of Basildon, Braintree, Brentwood, Castle Point, City of Chelmsford, Maldon, Rochford, Southend-on-sea and Thurrock.
Adam & Greenwood Funeral Homes
Established as an independent family run Funeral Directors, Adam & Greenwood now have over 15 years’ experience of providing dignified funerals that honour the wishes and choices of the departed loved one and their family. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible care, respect and understanding to those families using our services and are available 365 days a year, day and night, to offer expert advice and support.
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huunuu - talk, plan & share

We have the tools to enable you to have the big conversations around death, dying and living your best life. Guided journals, playing cards, group discussion mats, training.

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