Dying Matters Week #Whatcanyoudo?

Author
Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Article date
14 March 2017
Primary interest
Communities of interest

Dying Matters Week is from 8 to 14 May.

The week “gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda” – www.dyingmatters.org.

This year the focus is What Can You Do? It “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 or in your wider community.”

Rachel Eden, Reading Borough Council’s End of Life Champion is leading a small planning group involving a solicitor, care homes, the council’s wellbeing team and other interested organisations. We aim to bring together and promote any events which are taking place locally during Dying Matters Week through flyers, social media and other communications channels.

What Can You Do?

  • host an advice session on writing a will or the importance of an Enduring Power of Attorney
  • run a discussion group about how to start conversations with loved ones
  • organise an film evening
  • host an event to explore cultural issues and rituals around death and dying.

Do share your ideas with Rachel Eden rachel.eden@reading.gov.uk by Friday 31 March or Sarah Morland sarah.morland@rva.org.uk.

Have a look at A good death – Molly’s story.