I was honoured to deputise for Michelle Ward on today’s programme during which I was joined by Laura Coyle and Bridget Moss from St Francis Hospice and Claire Edwards of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to explain what DYING MATTERS WEEK is all about.
Michelle Ward was joined by BLACK CHAPEL AKA Steve Mortimer who is a Producer, Remixer and songwriter from Essex. BLACK CHAPEL collaborates with a host of singers/songwriters for a totally unique sound and their live gigs are few and far between but always a packed venue. Also joining us, Martin Jeffries, who is Management for BLACK CHAPEL and singer/songwriter, BIRD.
The new single MY MIND IS MY OWN is out on the 12th May and is a co write with CE CE Hemmings of HEMMINGWAY.
I talked to Steve about his work as a Producer, Remixer and more. Note to self, never take an extra strong mint from the guest(s) just before you speak…..
INTERVIEW (Sample of tracks GRAVITY, THE FLOE DONT LOOK DOWN
Michelle Ward was joined in the studio by Jane Bennett and Martyn Stevens of Bennetts Funeral Directors to talk Dying Matters Week Seminars, Memorial Service and the Living Well in Later Life Community Event.
When Crisis Strikes
A crisis can be different things to different people, to a child losing a toy can be devastating; to a teenager not getting enough ‘likes’ on Facebook; to an adult being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or losing a job is something we can connect with. The crisis that we most often see, though, is when someone has died, sometimes because of an accident, at the hands of others or by suicide.
As part of Grief Journey Essex, Bennetts Funeral Directors, T Cribb and Sons and Paul J King Funeral Directors see families in crisis much of the time. We are there to help families through the dreadful time as best we can, often staying in contact for years afterwards, and continuing to offer our support after initial numbness has subsided. Many of us meet families when someone has died suddenly and unnecessarily, and to help us to understand the emotions surrounding these situations better we have invited Dr Bill Webster to speak to us and our colleagues who may meet these families – particularly HM Coroner’s officers, the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services, A&E teams, hospital staff and doctors, members of the clergy, school staff, support workers and council staff.
The seminar is not designed to replace existing policies or procedures for future crises, but to help us better understand what can be experienced by those involved, directly and indirectly, in the crisis or disaster, and how we as communities can respond.
Professional Seminar 1: Thursday 10th May 2018 – Bentley Crematorium – 2.30 to 4.30p.m. The Challenges of Grief after Suicide – A Seminar by Dr Bill Webster
Part 1: The Uniqueness of Grief after Suicide. In this seminar, Dr Bill Webster will suggest some of the unique challenges of Grief after Suicide, and show how recent research has developed some alternatives to traditional theories of grief and conventional cognitive and narrative therapies. Part 2: Healing Strategies for Grief after Suicide What is healing? Is “closure” or “recovery” a viable goal of therapy or support, or is there a better and more realistic way of describing positive outcome. What can we realistically offer the survivors of suicide that will enable them to go on with life and living?
Professional Seminar 2: Friday 11th May – Basildon Hospital – 10 a.m. to 12 noon and repeated at
Essex Country Cricket Club, Chelmsford – 2.30 to 4.30 p.m. Coping with Crisis – A Seminar by Dr Bill Webster
“In a world where we know that tragedies occur, organisations should have policies, procedures and personnel in place to deal with what we should do when ‘This can’t happen here’ … DOES happen.” – Dr. Bill Webster
In the past few years, we have all witnessed whether personally or through the media, numerous situations of crisis involving terrorist attacks, bombings, murders, suicides and major disasters like the Grenfell Tower tragedy which took so many lives and affected countless others.
Such incidents, which seem more widespread and frequent than ever deeply affect communities. Families and friends of those who suffered in such tragic events, as well as the many first responders and support agencies can experience distress not just by what took place on those specific days, but also during the ongoing aftermath of such events through follow up reporting and analysis.
The seminar is designed to help us better understand what is experienced by those involved, directly and indirectly, in a critical incident, and what we can do to support and empower people when crisis impacts a community, and in the aftermath?
Dr Bill Webster, a grief counsellor, comes to help us understand some of the traumatic reactions of such critical incidents, and some of the practical and emotional issues such a situation can not only create but which can linger.
Understanding Trauma and Crisis What constitutes a crisis? Is it the event or the reaction to what has occurred? 2. Strategies of Support during and after a Crisis What can we do to support people when crisis impacts a community? What helpful strategies can we offer to those affected by the sights, sounds and smells of the situations they are exposed to? 3. Let’s Talk: Communication Skills What do we say to people in crisis, and how do we say it? What helps and what doesn’t? 4. Understanding Resiliency: The “Bounce Back” Factor All too quickly, people talk about “healing” after any crisis. But what does that mean? Is “closure” or “recovery” a viable goal of therapy or support, or is there a better and more realistic way of describing a positive outcome. What can we realistically offer people after a loss that will enable them to go on with life and living?
Public Seminar for SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide): Thursday 10th May – Christchurch, Warley 7 – 9 p.m. – Refreshments from 6.30 p.m. Coping with Grief after Suicide
Dr Bill Webster is a well-known grief counsellor who has been providing grief support to people for over 30 years. He will share some of the unique challenges of coping with the loss of someone who has died by suicide, as well as some practical coping strategies to enable the survivors to find reasons to go on with life and living.
Bennetts Funeral directors and undertaker services Essex
Bennetts funeral home is your local funeral director and undertaker with offices at Brentwood and Billericay serving all of Essex in arranging and planning funerals. Bennetts funerals is a family undertaker business that has served the local community with respect and sensitivity for over a 100 years. We can accommodate your funeral wishes in all types of funerals.
Michelle Ward was joined by Sam Ingram from Northreach Recruitment to talk about a STAR WARS themed fundraising event 12pm – Friday 4th May (May the 4th be with you). A 24 hour gaming extravaganza that you can get involved with via social media, You Tube, Twitch, Facebook and Instagram not to mention interviews with the participants every 3 hours through the 24 hours of game play.
THE TEAM – 4 intrepid souls from the Northreach Recruitment team are giving up 24 hours of their time to raise money for The Stuart Feakins Trust. They will embark on an energy sapping 24 hours of online gaming NON STOP – except for the call of nature. You will be able to follow their progress online and watch their eyes sink deep into sockets – should be entertaining!
The Trust was set up in February 2008 in memory of Stuart Feakins. He loved and lived life to the full through his passions for sport, film, music, outdoor activities and his work with young people in Hackney.
The Stuart Feakins Trust is about keeping every bit of this passion and his spirit alive.
Michelle Ward talks to Gavin Perrett from Will Protect Ltd who came in to talk about WILLS.
Gavin covered a variety of topics concerning WILLS
Minimum age to make a WILL
A basic WILL
How long have WILL Protect Ltd been in business
Adding funeral arrangements and funeral plans
Property Investment and Mortgage Broking
What is Lasting Powers of Attorney
Want to find out more then come along on TUESDAY6th May at 6:30pm for a 7pm start at The Mary Green Manor Hotel in Brentwood. Its a great environment to come and learn about estate planning, ask questions and then if you want to you can follow up with a 121 meeting with one of the team to find out how you can protect your family and your assets. We make no charge for this event so you have nothing to lose.
Will Protect Ltd ,Saxon House, 27 Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 1HT
Croft & Cotes have since developed their own unique blend of Indie and Urban Acoustic which incorporate harmonies so tight that only twins could have. Croft & Cotes have been often described as a high energy ,breath of fresh air drawing comparisons to the likes of George Ezra, Mumford & Sons , Simon & Garfunkel and many more .