Every year in May, Dying Matters Awareness Week gives us all a great opportunity talk openly about dying, death and bereavement with friends and loved ones. This year, the week will run from 13-19 of May and the theme is ‘Are We Ready?’.
It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us. For many of us, the answer will not be ‘yes’.
Research shows that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include writing a will, deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care.
The local NHS will be taking the message out to members of the public during Dying Matters Week with stalls at the following locations:
• Tuesday 14th May, 9am – 4.30pm, Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre, Leicester, LE4 1DE
• Friday 17th May, 9am – 4.30pm, Haymarket Shopping Centre, Leicester city centre, LE1 3YH
A further opportunity to talk about death and dying in a respectful, non-judgemental group (with tea and biscuits provided) is at a specially organised ‘Death Café’:
• Saturday 18th May, 10am – 12pm, G Sellers, 75 Upper Bond Street, Hinckley, LE10 1RF
Look out for the hashtag #LLRDyingMatters on social media throughout this year’s Dying Matters Week to keep up with the conversation locally.
Find out more on the Dying Matters website: www.dyingmatters.org/page/planning-ahead
More information on local activities can be found on the LOROS website: www.loros.co.uk/patients-family-carers/dying-matters-week