Meet the Directors

Meet the Directors

Hello, my name is Devika and I am a therapist with a varied working background including several years at Farleigh Hospice.

I got involved in Dying Matters in Essex when I was working at the hospice, as soon as I learned about the awareness week I felt pulled to participate.

The more time I have spent working in this field, the more I realise that it is actually all about love and life. There are two sides to every story and death is no different to anything else in that regard. 

I became a Director of Dying Matters in Essex CIC because these amazing ladies have agreed to support and guide the CIC alongside one another, together we can do so much more.

Hello, my name is Clare and I am the founder of huunuu, we are a team that create products and tools to help and support people to talk about difficult subjects, particularly death and dying.

Having always supported the national dying matters week the opportunity to do something locally with Dying Matters in Essex was perfect. I love being able to contribute to something so important that supports our local community.

From a relatively young age my life has been affected by death and loss which is what led me into this field of work. I realised it was very difficult to talk and share, either what is to come or loss. People that knew me well were not really able to talk to me about my bereavements, so huunuu is my way of doing something about it.

I became a Director of Dying Matters in Essex CIC because we have a wonderfully strong network in Essex. Together we can harness that strength, help each other and our community to have a life well lived and a good death.

Hello, my name is Delyse and I look after Old Park Meadow Natural Burial Ground.

I got involved with Dying Matters in Essex as a result of managing the burial ground.  It is important to me that people realise they have lots of different choices available to them when they are organising their own or a loved ones funeral. 

I see a lot of sadness but hope I can try (in my very small way) to make a difference and help people through some of the difficult times in their lives.

I became a Director of Dying Matters in Essex CIC because I feel that if we can enable people to have a conversation, no matter how small, about death and their funeral wishes then the people left behind feel that they are carrying out their loved ones wishes and may get some comfort from this.

Hello, my name is Edith and I run the Ideas Hub and The Art Place as community spaces in Chelmsford. 

In my work I meet all kinds of people, including those who have been bereaved or experienced other kinds of loss. They often come along to chat because their friends or family don’t know how to speak to them about these vitally important topics of conversation.

I became a Director of Dying Matters in Essex CIC because I’d like dying not to be a taboo subject anymore.

Hello, my name is Veronica and I am currently employed as Essex Service Manager for Carers First, a charity supporting unpaid carers.  

Working with carers over the last 15 years in a variety of roles has taught me that the role of family and friends is crucial in supporting anyone who is approaching the end of their life and that carers need support around death, dying and bereavement in their own right. 

I became a Director of Dying Matters in Essex CIC in a personal capacity, having lived all my life in Essex, because I want to encourage conversations on Dying Matters within and across all our communities so that we can all experience and support each other to have ‘a good death’.