Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 #WhatCanYouDo

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08 May, 2017

This week (8-14 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week, organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Most of us feel uncomfortable talking about dying, but by having these conversations, we can help to support our loves ones. 

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care comments:-

"Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone's interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives."*

The theme of this year's Dying Matters Awareness Week is "What can you do?" The aim is to get people actively involved in planning for later life, dying and death.

So, what can you do? 5 simple steps can help to make a person's end of life experience better, both for themselves and for their loved ones:-

  1. Write a Will
  2. Record your Funeral Wishes
  3. Plan your future care and support
  4. Consider registering as an organ donor
  5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

Forbes Solicitors will be blogging every day this week on the importance of getting your affairs in order and planning for the future. For more information about Dying Matters Awareness week or how you can plan for your future, contact Lorraine Wilson in our Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts department or alternatively call Freephone 0800 975 2643 or send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

*Claire Henry, Dying Matters Coalition www.dyingmatters.org

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