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Dying to Talk About Death

Sep 08, 2023

Dying To Talk About Death

Presented by Sight Matters

The topic of death is often considered taboo, something we avoid discussing until it's absolutely necessary. However, being prepared and informed about end-of-life matters can alleviate stress and ensure that your loved ones' wishes are honored. Sight Matters is proud to present the "Dying To Talk About Death" conference—an event that aims to shed light on the administration and practicalities of end-of-life matters.

Date: 03.11.23 Time: 9.00am - 4pm Location: Corrin Court, Heywood Avenue, Onchan, IM3 3AP

Why Discuss End-of-Life Matters?

Why should we talk about death? Because it's an inevitable part of life, and being prepared can make a world of difference when the time comes. Whether you're planning for your own future, assisting a loved one, or a professional in the field, this conference offers valuable insights and resources.

What to Expect:

The "Dying To Talk About Death" conference will feature local experts who will provide guidance and knowledge on various aspects of end-of-life matters. Here's a sneak peek at some of the topics that will be covered:

  1. Legal Considerations: Understanding the legal aspects of end-of-life planning, including wills, trusts, and estate administration.

  2. Personalised Assistance: The role of end-of-life personal assistants and how they can provide support and comfort during this sensitive time.

  3. Meaningful Celebrations: The importance of creating personalised and meaningful end-of-life ceremonies and celebrations.

  4. Compassionate Funeral Planning: Guidance on planning and organising funeral services with compassion and sensitivity.

  5. Navigating Grief: Resources and support for individuals and families coping with loss and grief.


Marc Furness: 

Marc Furness is an Advocate, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths. Marc is a partner in Callin Wild LLC and head of the Private Client department.

Marc qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009 (non-practicing) and following relocation to the Island qualified as an Isle of Man Advocate in 2013.

Clara Barker: 

Clara Barker is a freelance Personal Assistant and has worked as a consultant for Callin Wild since September 2022.

Clara has spent her working life in customer service, banking and co-ordination based roles and now provides first rate administrative and practical support to her clients.

Clara has a great deal of experience in Bereavement Services and specialises in end-of-life planning and estate matters.

Keith Salmon

Keith Salmon is the Regulated Training and Development Manager for Edgewater Associates, one of the Isle of Man’s leading Financial advice firms, with over 25 years’ experience in providing financial advice to Island residents.

Keith supports the Edgewater team of financial advisers to look after the needs of our customers when they need us most, both in the good times and the times when things don’t go according to plan.

Vicky Christian

Vicky is a Humanist celebrant, conducting meaningful and memorable funerals for people who are not religious.

When a family is bereaved, Vicky likes to meet them to find out what their wishes are for the funeral. She finds out about the person who has died, and prepares a fitting script for the family’s approval. On the day of the funeral, she is there to greet them, prior to conducting the ceremony.

John Boyde

John is an professional Funeral Director who offers comprehensive funeral arrangements. His extensive first-hand experience with end-of-life matters means that he is perfectly placed to explain the practicalities people face after losing a loved one. 

Mary Doyle 

Mary is the CEO of Cruse Bereavement Support Isle of Man, a local charity which provides grief support on a one-to-one basis for adults, young people and children. She has working in a variety of sectors, including nine years at Hospice Isle of Man. She believes passionately that talking about death and planning end of life matters helps loved ones deal with their grief. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals and families facing end-of-life decisions and transitions
  • Caregivers and healthcare professionals
  • Legal professionals and notaries
  • Funeral service providers
  • Anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of end-of-life matters

Why Attend?

"Dying To Talk About Death" is a unique opportunity to learn from local experts who are dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate the practicalities of end-of-life planning and support. Gain the knowledge and resources you need to make informed decisions and provide comfort during a challenging time.

Event Details:

  • Cost: £20 including lunch and refreshments

Email to register and secure your spot, or call 674727.

Join us for this essential event, and let's break the taboo surrounding end-of-life conversations.

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