Dying to be heard - Dying Matters Week 2020

This week marks Dying matters Week (11-18 May), a national theme devoted to promoting greater discussion of an often taboo subject, death.

Each year, the national campaign challenges us to take charge of our futures and face up to death and bereavement. In 2020, the theme ‘Dying to be heard’ asks us all not to put off the conversation.

Alison Moorey, Chief Executive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice said,

“In these uncertain times, many more of us may benefit from having frank conversations with our loved ones about what we want in the event of our death.

It is about planning for life, making the most of the time that we have.

Starting the conversation is never easy; however, the many families with terminal illness we have supported will tell you, it can come as a relief once the subject is out in the open.

For instance, as many as two in three of us have not yet made a will. This can really help you and your loved ones cope better both emotionally and practically with what your death could mean.”

You can find more information on making a will, including how to leave a gift to a cause important to you, click here.

Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and palliative care, has produced the latest guidance for having the conversation around dying. Please click below:

No.1 - Things to do before you die 

No.2 - Supporting bereavement

No.3 - Let's talk about dying

No.4 - Talking about dying with people affected by dementia

No.5 - Talking about dying with children