Dying Matters 2017 – “What can you do?”

May 04, 2017

Our staff will be getting out and about and asking “What Can You Do?” to support Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017.

They will be at Telford Shopping Centre in Telford all day on Friday (12 May) along with colleagues from Severn Hospice, the Samaritans and the voluntary sector, to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 (which runs from 8 to 14 May) is “What Can You Do?” and aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family, partner or the wider community

Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones and plan for what you want.

Cath Molineux, Lead for End of Life Care, said: “We know that having these important conversations can be difficult and emotional for us all, but they are conversations we all need to have. People need to plan for themselves, their families, partners and friends so they get the right care and support when and where they need it, and people shouldn’t be afraid to do this. There is support available for everyone to do this.

“We will be at the Shopping Centre and want to speak to as many people as possible about how important it is to make end of life plans, and to think more about what it is you want to do to make the most of your time while you are alive. We would like to ask people how they would like to be remembered and what three things they would like to do before they die.”

Staff from the Trust will be outside the Pandora shop from 9am until 5pm. Staff from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Severn Hospice will be holding a similar event in the Market Square in Shrewsbury on the same day.

For more information about Dying Matters Week 2017 visit the Dying Matters website.