A seminar series hosted by St Barnabas Church in Ngongotaha will allow people of all ages to put aside their fears and explore the final taboo.

Now in its third year, the free seminar series will run over four weeks, providing an opportunity to discuss all aspects of dying, including funeral planning, spiritual matters, and dealing with grief.

The first seminar on March 16 features guest speakers who will cover legal matters associated with death or disability, including wills and powers of attorney.

Facilitator Helen Boardman said the seminars appeared to be filling an important niche in community education, and provided a forum where people could speak freely about a subject that was often shied away from.


"We have been surprised by the number of people, and the range of ages, who have attended," she said.

"Our seminars have covered all aspects of preparing for end of life, including legal matters and physical and spiritual issues. All of our guest speakers have prompted lots of questions and lively discussion."

The free seminar, open to all members of the public, will run on Wednesday evenings in March and April from 7pm to 8.30pm at St Barnabas Church.

-For more information, contact Helen Boardman on (07) 357 5780 or 021 057 3150.