About the event

The theme this year is 'Are We Ready?'

Dying Matters Week, which runs from 13 to 19 May, is part of a national campaign, run by Dying Matters. It aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and encourage people to make plans for the end of life.

For the last couple of years, Dying Matters Awareness Week has challenged us all to answer a question: What Can You Do?. How can we help ourselves, or families and our communities face up to death and bereavement?

This year, we are asking Are We Ready? It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us.  For many of us, the answer will be no. We know from research that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care. And even for those that have, the emotional aspect of being ready for death is challenging. Who is ever really ready to die?

We can only know the answer if we start to have the conversation. To help you start the conversation, we will have a series of videos on our social media pages, including a local lawyer and funeral director. We will also be going behind the scenes at the Crematorium hoping to dispel some myths.

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