Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017

26th April 2017

News

 Rotherham Hospice is holding a series of drop in cafes on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of May 2017, at Riverside House in Rotherham (S60 1AE) in order to talk to people about what they can do when they or someone close to them has a life limiting illness. The event is part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is ‘What you can do’, and we will be encouraging the public to talk about dying, death and bereavement, because "Talking about dying won't make it happen!"

With an ageing population and people living for longer with life limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. If you don’t talk to your loved ones about their wishes you may be risking leaving it too late. 

Rotherham Hospice is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

Set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009, the Dying Matters Coalition aims to encourage people to talk about their own end of life issues with friends, family and loved ones in order to make ‘a good death’ possible for the 500,000 people who die in England each year.

Research for Dying Matters has found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying, we can make a big difference.”

Feel free to pop along to Riverside House, on the 9th, 10th, or 11th of May. We look forward to seeing you!

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