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It’s time to talk about dying

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5 things you can do to live and die well

As part of the National Dying Matters Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014), which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

 

 

There are two events happening close to the Notttingham North and East area. They are:

Newark Market Place

Dying Matters Stall

Friday 16th May 10am – 3pm

 County Hall West Bridgford

Dying Matters –  what is important to you?

12 May 10am-2pm

Towers, Mansfield

Dying Matters –  what is important to you?

13 May 10-2pm

For the West Bridgford and Mansfield events, which are aimed at health and social care practitioners, contact Halima for more details – halima.wilson@nottscc.gov.uk

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2014 is ‘You only die once’, or #YODO, an action-focused phrase emphasising that we only get once chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why it’s vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life – before it’s too late. Dying Matters will be encouraging members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones. These are:

  • Write your will
  • Record your funeral wishes
  • Plan your future care and support
  • Consider registering as an organ donor
  • Tell your loved ones your wishes

Research for Dying Matters has found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met. There is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death: 70% of people would prefer to die at home but more than half currently die in hospital.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking the five steps we are promoting during Dying Matters Awareness Week to plan for the future, we can make a big difference.”

For more information visit the Dying Matters week campaign page.

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