Encouraging thinking about death and dying for a good end of life

Published: 11th May 2018

Staff at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust will be helping to break down the taboo surrounding talking about death and dying during Dying Matters Awareness Week from May 14th to 20th.

The theme for the week is ‘What can you do……in your community?’ and information stands will be in the main concourse of the hospital (B floor) from 12-4pm on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th and in the Bridges Shopping Centre between 8.30-5.30pm on Thursday 17th May.

There will be information available about dying, death, funeral planning, and advanced care plan decisions.

Christine Kelley, End of Life Facilitator at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Dying Matters Awareness Week presents a great opportunity to break down the barriers and taboos which exist around death and dying. It is important to encourage people to have conversations about what is important to us so that we can make sure we get the right support at the end of our lives.We’re hoping these events will help encourage people not to be frightened to talk about dying and death”

Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. For more information regarding Dying Matters go to the website: https://www.dyingmatters.org/

Simple steps for the best end of life experience for you and your loved ones

1. Make a will

2. Record your funeral wishes

3. Plan your future care and support

4. Register as an organ donor

5. Tell your loved ones your wishes