Ashes to flashes: Special funeral event includes ideas for those hoping to go out with a bang

A unique event is being held to help people think about the different ways they could plan their funeral.

The ‘Do it your way – Ashes to Flashes, Dust to Space’ open day, being held at Staffordshire Housing Association’s West End Village, will give people the opportunity to talk to funeral directors, solicitors, will makers, Age UK and the Citizens Advice Bureau to discuss and plan their own funeral.

The event will help people who would prefer to plan the more traditional funeral with flowers and hymns as well as those who would like something more unusual, including being cremated and sending your ashes up in a firework with a rock song as a backing track or even sending your ashes into space!

Planning their final send off in advance gives people the opportunity to do it their way and saves loved ones from making decisions during a difficult time.

Janet Garner, Activities Co-ordinator said, “We want people to start talking about what they want when their time comes. People think it’s a morbid subject but it doesn’t have to be this way and we hope the event will give people the chance to ask the questions they’ve felt they never could before. There are so many options available to people now – a funeral doesn’t have to be a sombre and sad event it can be a fun and wacky celebration of life.”

SHA are inviting anyone who is interested to come along to the event on Wednesday 25th June 2014 at the West End Village complex 308, London Road, Stoke any time between 10am – 2pm.

‘Do it your way’ is supported by the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and a balloon release will be held at 1:45pm in memory of loved ones lost with free tea and cake at 2:15pm.


For media enquiries contact Sarah Pye or Sandra Barber at Staffordshire Housing Association on 01782 744533.

Notes to Editors:

Staffordshire Housing Group is committed to building a better future for local communities.  The group’s parent organisation, Staffordshire Housing Association, has around 3,000 homes for rent and sale, including three older people’s villages, and offers a range of tenant services. Revival Home Improvement Agency works with older and vulnerable home owners to help them stay warm, secure and independent in well-maintained homes. Blue Mountain Housing Association works closely with refugees to provide essential support and help with access to healthcare, education, training and employment.  Since April 2012, Hanley-based charity Arch has been part of the group. Arch provides accommodation and support services to people in need, including survivors of domestic violence, ex-offenders and young people leaving care.