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Dying Matters Awareness Week: 14 to 20 May 2018

Private Client Matters / 15 May 2018

Today marks the start of the annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, the aim of which is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement and to make plans for the end of life.

In 2009, the Dying Matters Coalition was set up and members include organisations from across the NHS, voluntary and independent health and care sectors; social care and housing sectors; a wide range of faith organisations; community organisations; schools and colleges; academic bodies; trade unions; the legal profession and the funeral sector.

This year they are asking ‘What Can You Do… in your community?’ and they are raising awareness using daily themes:

  1. Monday – teaching death in schools and talking to children about death
  2. Tuesday – everything you wanted to know about Death Cafes
  3. Wednesday – volunteering in hospices
  4. Thursday – grief in the workplace
  5. Friday – attitudes in dying and death across different faith groups and cultures

More information on these themes can be found here.

There are hundreds of events taking place this week and throughout the year in support of Dying Matters.  To find one near you, visit the Dying Matters website.

There is often a misconception that by talking about death, you are ‘tempting fate’.  In fact, by talking about death and associated matters and then putting appropriate plans into place, there is a huge sense of relief that loved ones will know your wishes and this will make an already emotional and stressful time easier to deal with.

If you wish to talk to a friendly, approachable solicitor about the preparation of a Will and other estate planning matters, please contact the private client team on 01733 887675. 

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