A Barnstaple funeral director is hosting an open day to try and dispel some of the myths and fears about death as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Barnstaple Funeralcare, operated by Co-op Funeralcare on the corner of Bear Street and Alexandra Road, will be open to the public from 10am-2pm on Saturday (May 11).

It is in conjunction with three designated charities - Cruse Bereavement, Chemo Hero and Over and Above, which will have representatives there on the day.

Funeral arranger Christine Biggs said it is an opportunity for people to just drop in and ask questions, so when bereavement occurs everything is not quite so scary.

She said: "People can see the arrangements for the chapel of rest and chat to staff - just get to know what we actually do here so they are not as intimidated when the time comes to use us.

"It's not about selling funeral plans or anything like that, just to try and help the community feel a bit more comfortable with our industry and to break down the fear that a lot of English people have when it comes to death."

There is no need to book, just drop in for a drink and a chat or a slice of cake.

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from May 13-19 and more information can be found at www.dyingmatters.org .