Dying Matters is a national awareness week running from May 14 to 20 encouraging people of all ages and situations in life to think and talk about dying.
Jo Clarke, Education Lead for Rennie Grove Hospice Care explains: “The fact that we will die is one of the very few certainties in life, but in our society it has become taboo to talk about it. As a hospice charity, our role during Dying Matters Week is to show people that it needn’t be a morbid subject. In fact, discussing where you would like to die, letting people know if you have any specific requests or preferences and what you would like to happen afterwards can help you feel more at peace and prepared and it will hugely help those you leave behind too.”
Much of the work carried out by Rennie Grove’s nurses and Family Support team aims to support patients and families to talk more openly about death and dying.
“We’re keen to get across that everyone should have these conversations with their loved ones, not just those currently affected by life-limiting illness,” adds Jo.
So with this end in mind, we're keen to spread the word further afield with daily activity on its social media accounts during Dying Matters Week to start up open conversations about death and dying. We'' be using social media to ask questions like “What do you want to achieve in your life time?” and “What has been your biggest achievement?”
We will also be showing a YouTube film where palliative care doctor Dr Kathryn Mannix explains why we should all talk about dying. Later in the week we will be running online polls seeking your views on speaking openly about death and dying with close family and friends.
Jo explains: “The idea is to get people talking about things like funerals, Wills and where people would like to receive care should they fall ill. This awareness week is a good reminder that although death and dying can be a time of great sadness, it is also an opportunity to celebrate life, achievements and experiences.”
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