Following the success of a trial workshop several years ago, we are repeating and updating the 'Good Endings' session in September. This is a morning of information-sharing and support around preparing a will, how to go about organising Power of Attorney (including so-called 'Living Will' arrangements), organising a funeral pre-payment plan and practical considerations around planning a good funeral. The afternoon will include an opportunity to hear from visitors from Age UK and a local independent funeral director as well as representatives from the Charity.

Although some people might feel awkward tackling these subjects, it is our experience that having things organised in advance provides a significant degree of relief. Prior organisation also makes things so much easier for family and friends at an already difficult time. Perhaps preparing things in advance is one of the last acts of generosity we can do for our loved ones. The previous afternoon was, perhaps surprisingly, full of laughter and wonderful stories, and the event will be enriched with a few delicious homemade cakes. Residents are welcome to bring a family member who might also like to be better informed.

The Richmond Charities' 'Good Endings' event takes place on 24th September, 10am – 1pm in the Chapel at Hickey’s Almshouses.