A new movement aimed at making conversations about death easier is being set up in East Lancashire.

Death Cafe Hyndburn will offer a relaxed and open space for people to talk about their thoughts, fears or hopes about death and dying.

Launching in August, organiser Claire Waddington, said she hopes to normalise death, by getting people chatting about the one thing we are all going to experience.

She said: "The Death Cafe movement actually started in 2011, but I only know of a place in Manchester that has one regularly, the rest are dotted around the world. It's a global movement.

"The initial idea was to break down barriers and be in an environment where you can bring people together to talk about death.

"My dad died in February this year and I became quite fixated on death as I saw how differently everyone approached and responded to it.

"The Death Cafe is not a grief group or support group, more just an open forum to talk about life after someone close to you dies."

The 46-year-old social worker, said death will happen to everyone at one point or another, and she wants to be able to help people through it.

She said: "The group will be for people aged 18 and over but apart from that, anyone else is welcome to attend."

Miss Waddington hopes the Death Cafe will become a regular event, and says demand will result in whether it takes place monthly or every other month.

The first Death Cafe will be held at Space2Make on Blackburn Road, Accrington, on August 1, from 7pm until 9pm, with a view to changing the venue each month.

There are limited spaces available so if anyone would like to attend they should contact Claire on claire.waddington11@gmail.com.