Dying Matters Awareness Week, 9-15 May 2016, has the theme ‘The Big Conversation‘ and the aim is to encourage the public to talk to each other about dying, death and bereavement, because “Talking about dying won’t make it happen!”
For the second year will we be working with St. Benedict’s Hospice, City Hospitals Sunderland and other partners to support the National Dying Matters Week.
The events – including coffee mornings, information stalls at venues such as Sunderland University, Stadium of Light and libraries – are being finalised. We hope that GP practices will be involved by displaying information for patients; practices will be contacted in the next few weeks with further details.
Dying Matters states:
Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones.
With an ageing population and people living for longer with life limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. If you don’t talk to your loved ones about their wishes you may be risking leaving it too late.