Dying Matters Week
(14 -20 May) aims to raise public awareness to get you to plan for dying and death and provide support in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or your wider community. The theme of the week is What Can you Do? Follow us on Facebook
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This year's theme is What can you do...In your community?
Children are often more aware of surroundings and situation than people think. Talk to them about what has happened, make sure the school know and remember to be honest, open and supportive.
In the workplace?
Often people in the workplace will experience the terminal diagnosis of a person close to them and begin their grieving process before death occurs. The understanding and support they require during this period will be very similar to that they will need following the death.
In your local hospices?
Volunteering in your local hospice can make a huge difference to patients and their families. You can read about St Luke’s volunteering opportunities here.
In other places?
Bereavement can happen to anyone at anytime, even places you may not think of, despite being there on a frequent basis. Whether death is sudden or expected, or whether you know the person well or simply see them on a regular basis, remember what you feel is valid and that it is okay to not know what to say.
As part of the week we will be holding a FREE seminar about Lasting Powers of Attorney and Wills on Thursday 17 May at 6pm at the hospice. Although the seminar is free, please register you attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. PLACES ARE VERY LIMITED.