The funeral service for Professor Hawking has been scheduled to take place at 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) on March 31. (One source.) Should we schedule a special event in the regular chat room or create a new room?
Echoing rob in the comments, I think it would be indecent to turn what is primarily a private event into a public one. If there is a public event related to his passing on some other date, I would be all for following it along in the chat.