A bench inspired by Ricky Gervais’ TV show After Life has been installed in a Reading cemetery.

Netflix, which hosts the actor’s show about loss, teamed up with suicide prevention charity Calm to donate the bench.

The seat in Henley Road Cemetery is modelled on the bench in the fictional town of Tambury, where Tony, played by Gervais, opens up to widow Anne about the loss of his wife to cancer.

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“It’s showed that, yes, grief does hit you like a ton of bricks, but talking openly, in a real way, about how you’re feeling does actually really help,” reads the Calm website.

The bench is one of many donated to local authorities across the UK to encourage people to talk about grief.

Gerri and Jo from Reading Borough Council Bereavement Services said: “We are delighted to receive this Bench of Hope.

“It’s especially poignant today on National #DayOfReflection and what better day to sit and reflect in this beautiful garden."

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