Community Support

Supporting local charities and initiatives within the communities in which we serve is something we are passionate about at CPJ Field. As a 10th generation family-run funeral directors supporting bereaved families, we witness first-hand the impact loneliness and social isolation can have on individuals.

As well as the emptiness someone can feel when a person they love dies, the act of grieving can be isolating as others can feel uncomfortable, not knowing what to say and even avoiding a bereaved person when they most need support.

There is a danger of loneliness becoming one of the longer-lasting effects of bereavement, with all the health risks and loss of quality of life this involves, so action is needed.

Through our established, arms-length, campaigns Never Alone™ and Forget Me Not™, we are committed to combating loneliness and social isolation.

To give you an idea of the types of community engagement and charity work we do across CPJ Field, take a look at this short video:

Never Alone

First established in June 2018 and coordinated locally via our Community Champions, Never Alone™ is a free, monthly group that provides an opportunity for members of the local community to meet like-minded individuals over a cup of tea or coffee. Each local group meets in a public location, whether that be in a local cafe, church hall or community centre.

To date, we have established Never Alone™ groups running in the following locations*.

  • Amersham

  • Aylesbury

  • Bournemouth

  • Brighton

  • Buckingham

  • Bletchley

  • East Grinstead

  • Eastbourne

  • Heathfield

  • Horley

  • Hove

  • Lewes

  • Moulsecoomb

  • Uckfield

  • Wendover

*Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in place, many of these groups are taking place virtually. For more information on how to participate please contact your local funeral director.

Forget Me Not

It is often assumed that care home residents won’t be lonely as they are around others, but lack of connection can be just as isolating as physical separateness. Being surrounded by the same faces every day can ironically make a person more lonely, especially if they don’t feel connected to those people. Hence many care home residents, despite excellent care, suffer feelings of isolation. Some live far away from family members and may have lost their friends as well as their homes.

Since 2019 we have been running our Forget Me Not™care home exchange scheme in response to this epidemic of loneliness. The exchange matches local care homes and takes residents for monthly day trips to another home to meet other residents. The initiative aims to extend the social groups for those involved and provides new and different activities at each visit from afternoon tea to music and movement, quizzes and bingo.

The response from both carers and the residents themselves has been overwhelming and the success is evident in the friendships kindled. To date we have 22 care homes in the wider Buckinghamshire area involved and are growing groups across Brighton & Hove and Mid-Sussex in response to much demand.

We do more than just funerals…

CPJ Field is both privileged and proud to play an active role in the communities in which we serve, both through charitable donations and offering direct support.

Last year, we donated funds to the tune of £19,000 to worthwhile causes in the community through fundraising initiatives and appeals; from bra collections in aid of cancer research, to blankets for rescue dogs…

Read more on our charity and community support work in our 2020 report.

CPJ Field Our Charity and Community Support 2020

Community Engagement

More on our community support work including our Never Alone™ and Forget Me Not™ initiatives are available here: