Sheffield charity shop to close at weekend

Glenda Kirby  at Good Mourning charity shop on South Road in Sheffield, which is closing after 4 years due to a lack of funding. Picture by Dean Atkins.
Glenda Kirby at Good Mourning charity shop on South Road in Sheffield, which is closing after 4 years due to a lack of funding. Picture by Dean Atkins.
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A quirky Sheffield charity shop is preparing to close its doors for the final time due to a lack of funds to keep it going.

Your Good Mourning has been based on South Road in Walkley since 2011, after being set up by Glenda Kirby.

Its final day of business will be on Saturday.

The shop sells handmade crafts and vintage goods to help raise money for various bereavement charities.

A book of memories has been opened in the shop for customers to come in and sign and write about what the store has meant to them.

Glenda, who started the shop after the death of her father, said: “Finances have got the better of us. We just don’t take enough to pay all the bills.

“It is heartbreaking, but we also have much to celebrate.

“Mourning is part of life and we all have to go through it at some point. Why not do it well and more to the point don’t do it alone?

“I am sad, but there is a season for everything and we will be back with other ventures.

“This work needs to go on somehow.

“Without the support of great volunteers and friends none of this would have been possible.

“It is very hard for me to put into words how much gratitude I feel.

“We have had great fun and helped people in the process.

“It is obvious that Your Good Mourning has broken so many of those difficult taboos around loss and dying, allowing people the space to develop conversations over a cup of tea, to speak about their loved ones, share their feelings and share how they coped.

“The shop is closing, but our work goes on.”