Hundreds of local events will take place across England this week.
A charity is encouraging both healthcare professionals and the public to talk openly about death and highlighting the importance of holding end of life conversations.
Dying Matters Awareness Week will run from May 13-19 and is all about opening up a dialogue to talk about death, dying and bereavement.
This year the campaign will focus on if we ready for our own deaths or the deaths of those we care about?
Hundreds of local events taking place across England this week, all of them encouraging people to talk or ask questions about death, grief, wills, funerals and more.
According to a new survey for Dying Matters by ComRes, over half of adults said, if they knew they had just 12 months to live, they would focus on getting their financial and practical matters in order alongside organising a trip or experience of a lifetime.
You don’t have to wait until you know you are dying.
Commenting on Dying Matters, Helen Meehan, the Lead Nurse for Palliative Care and End of Life at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said; it “is not just about a person’s final days of life. It’s about the weeks, months and years before, and it’s really important for staff to be aware and understanding of the needs of people however close they are to the end of life.”
Tracey Bleakley, CEO of Hospice UK, said: “It says so much that, when faced with death, many people want to both be practical but also to get the most out of life by doing something from their ‘bucket list’.
“You don’t have to wait until you know you are dying to get your affairs in order: if you do it now there’s more time for those special experiences.
“This year’s Dying Matters theme is Are We Ready, and this survey tells us just what people think they need to do to be ready to face their own deaths. We’re all different, and each of us will respond to death in our own way. What matters is that we are able to talk to each other about it, and to offer what help we can to people coping with death or grief.”