Between 10 and 16 May 2021, we're joining organisations across the UK to promote Dying Matters Awareness Week. The aim of the week is to encourage everyone to have conversations and make plans to ensure they are in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally, financially and with the right care in place.
The very sad events of the past year and the number of families who have experienced the unexpected death of a loved one has often highlighted how difficult it can be for families if they have not had conversations about their loved one’s wishes.
Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages everyone, whatever their age or state of health, to start thinking about their own wishes and to have conversations about it with those close to them.
Debbie Playford, our Senior Family Support Therapist, explained: “Through our work with those who are nearing the end of life and the support we provide for families before, during and after bereavement, we know how valuable these conversations can be.
“One of the main aims of Rennie Grove is to give people a choice about where they want to die and for many this is at home, surrounded by the people, possessions and pets that are precious to them. We can support people to make this possible.”
Our hospice at home nurses work alongside other healthcare professionals to encourage families to talk and prepare an Advance Care Plan. This focuses on capturing wishes about the care they would like to receive, where they want to die and on all the plans and preparations that will help minimise stress at a difficult time.
“We encourage our families to think about practical preparations from making a Will and funeral plans to financial planning and how to manage your digital legacy. You’d be surprised how many people haven’t considered what will happen to their social media accounts or all the photos and other important documents they have stored on their laptop or in the cloud.
“Death is a natural part of life and the taboos that we have about discussing it can make losing a loved one even more difficult. Please take some time during this week to think about what you could do to make it easier for your loved ones when you die.”
You can follow the conversations about Dying Matters Weeks on social media using the hashtag #InAGoodPlace or find out more on the Dying Matters web page. If you'd like to join our virtual Death Cafe on Tuesday 11 May, complete our enquiry form here.