Let’s discuss dying; it is always better to know!

What if you were told you had a week to live? Would you like to know the five most important things you really ought to do? Do you know someone who is dying and is it a subject you can talk about – or one you avoid?

Barnsley Hospice is holding an open day on Saturday 18 May between 10am – 3pm in order to promote a meaningful discussion around dying and death. This event is part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 – 19 May 2013), which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 is ‘Be ready for it’. The action-focussed call is aimed at encouraging the nation to take five crucial actions to be ready for the end of life: making a will, recording funeral wishes, planning future care and support, registering as an organ donor and telling loved ones their wishes.

Diana Gibson, patient services director said “Unfortunately because of the taboo surrounding dying and death, many people don’t die as they might have wished to. If people don’t make plans for when they die, the risk of not getting appropriate end of life care will be increased and it will be more difficult for their loved ones to cope with bereavement”.

The open day will have a ‘museum like feel’ and be a journey about dying and death in four themed areas: Horrible Histories, Cultural Curiosities, Weird and Wonderful and Today and Tomorrow.

There will be photos from the Museum of London and the National Media Museum as well as exhibit items from Beamish Museum, Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum, Leeds Discovery Centre, People’s History Museum, Thackray Medical Museum and Egyptian items from a private collection. There will also be interactive stations centred on the five crucial actions.

Dr Joann Fletcher, Barnsley born Egyptologist, who presented the Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings series on BBC will be among the guests at the open day.

www.barnsleyhospice.org Tel: 01226 244244


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