Dying Matters Week - You only die once...

 What is Dying Matters and why do we need to talk about it?

"Dying people and their families can experience a tremendous sense of isolation. They can feel shut out of social circles and distanced from their communities.

A lack of conversation is perhaps the most important reason why peoples’ wishes go ignored or unfulfilled; if we do not know how to communicate what we want, and those around us do not know how to listen, it is almost impossible to express a clear choice.

It has been said that what we fear most about dying is the associated loss of control. By empowering patients to express their wishes, that control can be restored.

The Dying Matters Coalition believes that promoting openness and communication are the first steps to achieving this. We are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around death and dying, and aim to encourage a greater willingness to engage on death and bereavement issues." 

Planning dying well

It is important to think about all the things you want well in advance, talk to your loved one, write it down and keep it safe.

1. Consider legal and financial matters:

2. Save other lives - through organ donation:

3. Make a plan for what you want when you die:

4. Consider how you would like to be remembered:

5. Plan your funeral arrangements:

6. Prepare for bereavement

Information has been taken from the Dying Matters website at www.dyingmatters.org/

How we can help

BensonWilliams have pledged to give 50% of the fees from any Wills made in May 2014 will come to Primrose Hospice. To arrange to see a representative from BensonWilliams please call the Fundraising Team on 01527 889796 to arrange a convenient date and time to meet. 

Where are we?

This year Primrose Hospice will have a representative, Kim McCoig-Lees, a Social Work Student, who will be at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch on Friday 16th May from 10.30 until 15.30 where she will be providing information on Dying Matters and the Primrose Hospice.