From client to colleague: How Dawn turned losing a loved one into help others in need

Posted by Rob Smyth | 23/10/2017 | Category: Funerals


Dawn Priestley, Funeral Administrator at Allenton Funeral Home, in Derby, has spoken of how the Society’s support following the loss of a loved one encouraged her to help others in need.

The 55-year-old’s journey with the Society started last year following the passing of her father and has now resulted in her landing a job with Central England Co-operative Funeralcare

She said: “After my dad passed away, I was looked after by Kate Spencer and the amazing team at Sinfin Funeral Home. They were absolutely fantastic and helped so much during such a difficult time.”

Following her dad’s funeral, Dawn noticed that her mum needed some additional support and so got back in touch with Kate at the funeral home to see if there was anything they could do to help.

Dawn said: “I spoke to Kate to see if there was any kind of friendship or bereavement group that my mum could attend. As there wasn’t anything available I suggested that we set one up and Kate said it was an idea she had wanted to do for some time. Within a matter of weeks we got the green light and the Forget Me Not friendship group was launched.”

The group offers help, friendship and support to those who have lost a loved one and bring people together from similar walks of life who have lost someone, to talk about their loss but also to socialise and create lasting friendships.

It was such a success that dozens of others have been launched across the Society’s 16 counties in which it trades.

Dawn said: “I am so proud of the Forgot Me Not groups. It helped me and my family so much, but more importantly it has helped and continues to help so many other people as they struggle following the loss of a loved one.”

However, Dawn’s link with the Society did not stop there as during one of the group meetings a senior colleague said that she was so impressed with her efforts, her passion and her caring nature that she wanted her to apply for a role with Central England Co-operative Funeralcare.

Dawn said: “I knew that this was something that I wanted to do – it would allow me to help people during their time of need.

“I love my job and love being able to help people – we have a great team at Allenton and across all parts of Central England Co-operative Funeralcare in Derbyshire.

 “Working for Central England Co-operative Funeralcare is not just a job for me, it is a vocation. I am proud to head into work every day and make a big difference.”

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare Allenton offers a 24-hour service, seven days a week.  In addition to arranging funerals, Dawn and the team are also able to offer advice on floral tributes, monumental masonry, funeral stationery, pre-paid funeral plans, and probate advice.  The team can be contacted on 01332 349925.


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