Mother advises of her concern at new funeral home
A mother who recently cured her phobia of coffins has shared her fears about the establishment of a funeral directors near her home. Katie Lee, 37, said she was ‘gob smacked’ by ‘inconsiderate’ signs ‘suddenly’ erected in the old carpet shop on the corner of Rusper Road and Agate Lane, Horsham, informing residents that it will soon become a funeral directors, reports West Sussex County Times.
However the company involved this week stressed that it wants ‘to work with the community rather than antagonise’.
Agate Lane resident Katie put letters through her neighbours’ doors outlining her fears about having a funeral directors on their road, and informing them of a meeting she had set up with the directors, Dignity, at Roffey Millennium Hall on Monday. Katie said: “I’m gobsmacked that they would open it up in this highly populated area.
“The considerate thing to do would have been to let local people know this was happening before putting the signs up. It’s an absolute nightmare coming out of my road. Having more vehicles is an accident waiting to happen. ”
The mother of a two-year-old girl is troubled by the prospect of seeing coffins being brought into the building from the hearse as she has only recently remedied her taphophobia - phobia of coffins.
“I have spent hundreds of pounds on hypnotherapy to cure my phobia. I don’t want to have to see them every day and I don’t want to have to explain to my daughter what they are.”
Dignity plans for the Horsham branch to hold a reception area and an arrangement room for local families to arrange funerals. The office will have a private Chapel of Rest where clients can spend time with deceased. The deceased will be cared for in the Crawley branch and will be transported by private ambulance to Horsham if a chapel visit is requested.
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