Every year in May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, they ask What Can You Do? This 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 the wider community.
From 8th May onwards many different local organisations are hosting events as part of Dying Matters Awareness week:
9th May – Community Matters on 1386 AM will host a radio discussion with experts from different areas in the field, including working with children – tune in from 11am to 2pm.
10th May – Crematorium open day – a free opportunity to visit the chapel, talk to staff and look behind the scenes at Reading Cemetery, All Hallows Road, RG4 5LP 9:30am to 3:00pm
10th May – Talk about it over tea and cake – hosted by Rachel Eden at the Whitley Cafe, Northumberland Avenue RG2 7QA 11:00am to 12 noon
10th May – Dying to talk – planning ahead led by Dr Jane Bywater (Sue Ryder Care consultant and Dying Matters trustee) at Theale Medical Centre, Englefield Road Theale, RG7 5AS 12noon to 2:00pm
11th May – Dying Matters – Planning for my future – stall at Duchess of Kent Hospice, Leibenrood Road, RG30 2DX to discuss planning ahead 12 noon – 3:00pm
11th May – Quiz night organised by Dexter Montague – time and place to be confirmed
12th May – Sunrise of Sonning BBQ – details to be confirmed
17th May – Knowing you, Knowing me: Dying Matters hosted by Utulivu and ACRE at RISC, London Street RG1 4PS 11:00am to 1:00pm
Most events are free but if you are encouraged to contribute donations to Duchess of Kent Sue Ryder Hospice.