Dying Matters Awareness Week – 8-14 May

Did you know that only 35% of adults said that they have made a will and only 30% have talked about their wishes after death?

Dying doesn’t have to be a taboo subject. It’s something that we will all experience at some point in our lives. Dying Matters Awareness Week aims to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and making sure your wishes are known.

Dying Matters was set up by the National Council for Palliative Care. National figures showed that people felt more comfortable talking to friends and family about politics, money and religion, than they did about death.

The theme this year is ‘What Can You Do?”. It aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those around them who might need it in times of grief and bereavement.

During the week, City Hospitals Sunderland will be providing support and advice on the following topics:

  • My Funeral Wishes
  • Organ Donation
  • Time to talk?
  • Being There
  • Putting your house in order
  • Talking to children about dying
  • What to do if someone you know has been bereaved
  • Five things to do before I die!
  • One last thing
  • Have you made a Will?
  • Would you know how to do a Will?
  • Do your family know your wishes?
  • Have you got a Bucket List?

For more information visit the dying matters website at www.dyingmatters.org or pop down and see the team on the main concourse (Kayll Road entrance) between 1.30pm and 3.30pm Monday 8th – Friday 12th May 2017.