How prepared are you?

What if you were suddenly incapacitated and unable to communicate either by accident or illness – What happens to your business?

Do you have a plan for such events – both on a professional and personal level?

Talking about death, dying and even becoming ill, are all conversations that we readily seem to avoid – perhaps in an attempt to remove the possibility of it ever happening to us.

BOMBSHELL ALERT!!! We are all at some point going to release ourselves from this mortal coil – in simple terms we are all at some point going to die – FACT. We just don’t always know the why’s or the when’s

I make no apology for the directness of the last statement, for in my role as a Funeral Celebrant, I see many families who are left struggling to sort out situations, that they are at times ill equipped to do and all at a time when they are emotionally unable to make clear decisions.

We mostly do not know when our end is going to arrive or if we are going to succumb an injury, accident or illness that leaves us unable to communicate our wishes, so it is super important to have all our affairs in order. Yes a Will is vital to have at the top of the list but there are many other areas of our life that require decisions which may not be covered in other legal documents and there are decisions that have to be made that others may not be able to clearly decide upon if you have not already had the conversation with them.

As a healthy adult in her 50’s I began looking at my own end of life plans and realised that closing down a life has far more to it than at first glance. I have a Will but there is more to my life than my house and my assets – I have websites to manage, several insurance policies – bank accounts, savings etc. I have a Facebook account and a number of other subscriptions and there are lots of other things on the list too.

Some reading this may not have a Will so that’s a great place to start and for any business person it is great to have a Power of Attorney appointed – If for some reason you are incapacitated and unable to communicate, or unable access your relevant daily duties within your business.

In May every year there is a week called ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ where events are held to encourage people to come along and have the conversation they seem to most avoid and get to understand that – Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any quicker – But it will support those around you greatly to know and understand your wishes.

On the 16th May at Attleborough Town Hall 10am – 3pm – In collaboration with Rosedale Funeral Home, I have organised a Dying Matters Event where all are invited to come along and join in the conversation. Throughout the day there will be topical talks from Spire Solicitors about Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney, Brooklyn House Care Home will be there talking about end of life care and Rosedale Funeral Home will be sharing information on Funeral Plans and I shall be talking about a booklet I have written called Leaving Gracefully which supports you in recording and organising your end of life wishes – including all the details.
A representative from Colney Woods Ceremonial Park will also be there and Norfolk Community Foundation talking about what they offer along with Contact Care too.

Come along and join us on the 16th May, or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly –


Beverley Bulmer 07901 888122


As part of this week we are offering a Film Night on Friday 17th May at The Town Hall in Attleborough – Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start -The film is ‘Finding Your Feet’ – Cost £4 in advance or £5 on the door – Sponsored by Rosedale Funeral Home and all profits to Nelson’s Journey – A local Charity supporting bereaved children

I shall also be presenting a FREE about ‘Leaving Gracefully’ talk at GreenAcres Ceremonial Park at Colney Woodlands on Saturday 25th May 2pm -3.30pm – Discussing the preparation of end of your life wishes and the importance of recording and making your wishes know to those close to you.

Looking forward to Monday 24th June, 7pm at The Town hall in Attleborough -There will be an open forum and evening of discussion on “Dispelling the Myths” with a focus on legalities from Spire Solicitors and also a behind the scenes look at the funeral industry with a representative from Rosedale Funeral Home – A great opportunity to come along and have your questions answered.

Courtesy of Loving Ceremonies– 17/04/2019

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