People are being urged to join the Dying Matters movement to ensure they and their families are prepared if illness strikes them suddenly, such as Covid-19.
More than 1,000 extra people have died in their homes every week, compared to before the pandemic, according to the Dying Matters campaign run by Hospice UK, but little is yet known about the quality of those experiences.
Three-quarters of the UK population don’t write down their wishes or tell people what they would prefer at the end of life and the Dying Matters national awareness week from 10-16 May, aims to get people talking about this difficult subject and in ‘a good place’ to die.
Dying Matters events in Reading
12 May: Reading Crematorium and Henley Road Cemetry Open Morning. People can find out how the facility is run and ask questions. Booking essential.
12 May, 3-4pm: Dying at home: a good place to die? A free webinar from the Thames Valley Wellbeing Network. Put your questions to a panel including a GP, nurse and hospice staff. Booking essential.
People can get advice from a range of leaflefts produced by Dying Matters, including:
- Things to do before you die
- Supporting bereavement
- Let's talk about dying
- Talking about dying with people affected by dementia
- Talking about dying with children.