People in Sutton and Surrey are being encouraged to talk about dying matters, such as bereavement and funeral plans, as part of a national initiative.

Events are being hosted at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals during Dying Matters Week, which will run from May 14 to May 20.

This is a program being run by NHS Surrey Downs CCG, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, and various other partner organisations.

Dr Rina Patel, palliative medical consultant at Epsom and St Helier, said: “We want to support people in communicating openly about death and dying, and hope that the events we are hosting will give all members of the public the chance to come and find out more.

“By holding events throughout the week that get people talking about death, we are able to provide advice and tools on what to do when the moment comes.”

Anyone is welcome to attend, speak with professionals, and ask questions about death and dying.

The focus for this year is on how people can help within the community, whether you are nearing the end of your life or you know someone who is.

Here is the list of events:

- Monday, May 14: Launch event, featuring the Epsom and St Helier Hospital choir (1pm) – St Helier main reception

- Tuesday, May 15: Drop-in event (2pm – 4pm) – MacMillan Butterfly Centre, Epsom Hospital

- Wednesday, May 16: ‘I Did It May Way Café’ (2pm – 4pm) – Pink Room, St Helier Hospital

People are also encouraged to visit the main receptions at Epsom and St Helier hospitals for more information on the events and available support.