Funeral di­rec­tor Jo talks about death to stu­dents

Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WAL­DRON ben­jamin.wal­dron@reach­plc.com @BenWal­dron96

A BUR­TON funeral di­rec­tor has been lift­ing the taboos sur­round­ing death dur­ing a frank talk to school chil­dren.

Jo Mills, area man­ager for Cen­tral Eng­land Co-op­er­a­tive Funeral Ser­vices, was at Wil­liam Shrews­bury Pri­mary School, in Church Road, Stret­ton, for three days and led a num­ber of ses­sions on the con­cept of death.

The former funeral di­rec­tor at Bur­ton-based Wellings, in Derby Street, an­swered ques­tions from 90 young­sters – cov­er­ing top­ics such as plan­ning fu­ner­als, to what day-to­day life is like as a funeral di­rec­tor.

She said: “I am so proud that we have been able to spend valu­able time with chil­dren to talk about the dif­fi­cult sub­ject of death.

“I spent the time ex­plain­ing to them about my job, what goes into plan­ning a funeral and how dif­fer­ent faiths have dif­fer­ent ways of say­ing good­bye to their loved ones.”

Rev­erend Ge­orge Cross­ley, from St Chad’s Church, in Bur­ton and St Mary’s Church, in Stret­ton, was also on hand to speak about grief and the im­por­tance of re­mem­brance to the pupils – aged nine and 10.

The ses­sions were well re­ceived, with head of Year 5 Mike Ran­dles, say­ing young­sters had told staff they were start­ing to un­der­stand the tricky sub­ject.

Mr Ran­dles said: “We feel that talk­ing to young­sters about death is an im­por­tant part of help­ing them on their jour­ney towards adult­hood. The three days saw 90 young­sters aged nine to 10 find out about a va­ri­ety of top­ics from Jo – and also ask her lots of ques­tions.

“This is the sec­ond year we have worked with Rev Cross­ley, Jo and Wellings – and the feed­back on both oc­ca­sions is that the young­sters en­joyed and, most im­por­tantly, started to un­der­stand more about what is a dif­fi­cult and del­i­cate sub­ject.”

Jo Mills spoke frankly to pupils about death

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