Co-op Funeralcare hosting events in Stafford to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week

Staff at Central England Co-operative Funeralcare are gearing up to host events in Stafford as part of an effort to get people talking more freely about dying as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The Society is backing the nationwide campaign that brings bereavement into the spotlight by organising a series of community events in Funeral Homes, local hospitals and community centres from 14 May to 20 May.

Colleagues from Funeral Homes across the area will be coming together to help organise and support the following events:

  • Open day event at Stone Road Funeral Home from 11am to 3pm on Wednesday, 16 May

Funeral Director Ruth Johnson said: “We are pleased to be able to support Dying Matters Awareness Week in Stafford and talk to local communities about bereavement, the importance of funeral planning and how families can create a truly unique tailor-made service.

 “At Central England Co-operative, we are passionate about arranging a funeral that helps families honour the person they have lost in the right way.

“We are also pleased because the theme of this year is community as our Society prides itself on being an active and important part of the local area.

“Colleagues regularly take part in volunteering, organise fund-raisers for local good causes and also have launched special Forget Me Not groups to allow people who have lost a loved one a place to come together and talk.

“We cannot wait to welcome members of the public to our events and try and dispel the myths and taboos around talking about funerals.”

The events will provide information on funeral planning, pre-paid funeral plans and any other information people wish to ask.

The Society will also speak about encouraging people to record their free Funeral Wishes, using an easy to complete online form to ensure that the wishes of those who have passed away are honoured.

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, the teams are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans and probate advice. 

More details can be found online at


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Picture caption: Central England Co-op Funeral Director Ruth Johnson is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week in Stafford.


About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 


It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, 10 florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. 


The Society has an ambitious food store and funeral home development programme for 2018.


Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.


Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting


For more information visit, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, @mycooplife and on Facebook:


Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


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