Every year in May, Dying Matters hosts a fantastic range of events and activities around the country with the aim of getting people to talk about dying, death and bereavement and making plans for their end of life. This week the sixth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place, from 18-24 May 2015.
Cruse Bereavement Care provides bereavement support services to 100,000 people every year. We have worked closely with Dying Matters in the past and are delighted to be a part of Dying Matters week 2015.
For example, Cruse supporters in Greenwich held a Footprints memory walk at the weekend to launch the week.
The theme of the week is 'Talk, Plan, Live'. Dying Matters are using the hashtag #YODO again, which stands for You Only Die Once. During the week, Dying Matters and campaign supporters will be encouraging members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones. These are:
- Write your will
- Record your funeral wishes
- Plan your future care and support
- Consider registering as an organ donor
- Tell your loved ones your wishes
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care which leads the Dying Matters Coalition said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Cruse is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week. Talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement may not be easy but it can help you to make the most of life and to support those you care about as they approach the end of life or after they have been bereaved.”
Dying Matters members across the country will be hosting hundred of events and activities, including death cafes, arts events, discussion events and open days, see www.dyingmatters.org/events for a listing.
For any other information about Cruse please contact our media desk on 07904 662001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.