|4. New Dying Matters website
Local people facing end of life or bereavement can now turn to online support thanks to a new website launched to coincide with Dying Matters Week (10-16 May 2021).
The website www.dyingmattersleicestershireandrutland.com aims to support people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through every stage of dying, death and bereavement by providing comprehensive information, including details of the many health and care support services available across both counties.
Dr Reema Parwaiz, GP and clinical lead for end of life with the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Talking about dying and death is something people understandably feel uncomfortable about, but it is something we all need to do at some point because it affects every one of us.
“The past year has been devastating, with so many deaths due to Covid, and I think this has highlighted for many of us just how important it is to have the information you need in order to plan ahead, as this helps everyone concerned. We hope that people will find this resource helpful during difficult times.”
The initiative was first piloted in Rutland at the end of 2020 and is led by Dr Sarah Furness, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland. Now, with support from the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, it has been expanded to support communities in Leicester City and Leicestershire as well as in Rutland.
The website addresses many difficult questions, such as what to expect during the last days and how to prepare and support loved ones, including children, through loss.
We would be very be grateful if you could help make local people aware that this service is now available, by promoting the website address www.dyingmattersleicestershireandrutland.com through your social media channels and on your websites.