Hollyoaks actor Charlie Clapham and Gem 106 star Amy Voce among those who have discussed plans for when they die for Dying Matters Week

Published on 5th May 2017

Soap star Charlie Clapham and Gem 106 presenter Amy Voce are among those who have shared their plans for when they die with the team at LOROS to help other people have those difficult conversations this Dying Matters Week.

This year’s Dying Matters Week, which runs from 8th until 14th May, LOROS have filmed a number of celebrities talking about death and dying to help raise awareness of the national campaign.

A number of familiar faces, including actor and star of De Montfort Hall’s Full Monty, Chris Fountain have been answering questions to encourage others to have those tricky but also very important conversations with their loved ones.

“I want to be remembered for being a good son and maybe, if I have children, a good parent myself,” said soap star Charlie, who was asked what he wants to be remembered for.

LOROS Ambassador and Charlie’s mum Julie Clapham has revealed what she wants to happen to her body when she dies, while the cast from Pygmalion, which visited Curve earlier this year, discussed their chosen funeral song.

Star of Gem 106, Amy, said that she has given her funeral a lot of thought and has shared her main priority would be making sure there was a fully-paid-for bar, when the time comes.

“I want everyone to have a good time, tears at the start but really, to celebrate life,” she added.

“My funeral song, I would like Oasis, Champagne Supernova.”

With death and dying being such a difficult topic to talk about, the idea behind the short videos is to prompt people who are watching to have those important conversations with their loved ones.

Staff from LOROS will also be once again taking their giant chalkboard out into the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to ask members of the public these questions too.

In addition, the LOROS Research department has teamed up with the University of Bradford to create their ‘Continuing Bonds’ exhibition, that will be available to view at Leicester Cathedral during Dying Matters Week.

The exhibition explores the varying behaviour different cultures and societies, both present and past, show when their loved ones die.

All of the films will be shared on the Hospice’s Facebook page throughout the week and they can also be found on YouTube, by searching ‘LOROS Hospice’.

To find out more about what the LOROS has got planned this Dying Matters Week, or to find out if our giant chalkboard is coming to your area and for more information on when the ‘Continuing Bonds’ exhibition is available to view, visit loros.co.uk/dyingmatters

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