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Be Ready For Dying Matters

People in Solihull are invited to break the taboo and talk about death during Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 which runs from 8-14 May. The earlier that people talk about their dying wishes, the easier it is emotionally and practically to deal with.

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is being supported by Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group. This year’s theme ‘What Can You Do?’ aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community.

Talking about dying can be difficult – but discussing it with your loved ones could help you make the most of your life to the very end and help your family too. Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 highlights the importance of providing practical support for each other through dying, death and bereavement. This includes helping people to talk and grieve, and making sure children are supported as well.

There are five simple steps that you can take now to make your last years of life better, both for you and for your loved ones. These are to:  

  • 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

As a society we put a lot of time into planning for major life events such as getting married, having children, birthdays, anniversaries and retirement but shy away from preparing for the other major, and inevitable event – death.

Death is a taboo subject for many of us, but without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family.

It’s important that we all express our wishes towards the end of our lives, including where we want to die and our funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones. Talking about and preparing for death is something that many people find incredibly difficult – yet when the time comes there can be an enormous sense of relief and comfort from knowing that a relative’s final wishes have been met.