Dying Matters Awareness Week
Are We Ready?
That was the theme of Dying Matters Week this year which ran from 13 - 19 May 2019.
It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, and deeply spiritual for some of us.
A YouGov survey of over 2,000 UK adults revealed 3 in 5 (62%) people have not spoken with their family or friends about their wishes in relation to their death.
Among those who have not made any plans or are unlikely to do so in the near future, 2 in 5 (40%) said it was not something they felt they needed to worry about yet, and 1 in 7 (14%) said they had more important things to do.
Most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include planning for future care.
During Dying Matters Week, we lined up many activities at the Hospice where people got involved in and learned more about the emotional and practical issues related to end of life care.
St Luke's Booth at St Ann's Shopping Centre
Our specialist clinical and support team was at the shopping centre answering queries from the public about advanced care planning, hospice care, bereavement and more.
Planning for care
All through the week, we had interactive activities such as Memory Jars, Bucket Lists, Remembrances, and more, at the hospice.
There were special information displays and staff ready to help with concerns and provide information that people needed regarding end of life care.
We held two seminars - one on Lasting Power of Attorney and the other on Making a Will. Both these seminars received a large response and we covered a wide host of related topics.