Posted by Tony O’Shea, Funeral Planning & Life Insurance Expert
Thinking about end of life choices is tough, but it can be more difficult for your loved ones if you have not discussed your death and planned accordingly. With the support of charities like Dying Matters, these conversations need not be as daunting.
Dying Matters is a charity whose objective is to encourage individuals to talk more openly about dying, death & bereavement and to make end of life plans. It is understandable why conversations about death are hard. However, having these talks before you pass will make it easier for your loved one.
Dying Matters have 28,000 coalition members. Members include organisations from across the NHS and the voluntary and independent health and care sectors, including hospices, care homes, charities supporting old people, children and bereavement.
The members of the Dying Matters Coalition work towards addressing the taboos surrounding talking about death. They encourage people to discuss subjects such as; their end of life care, where they want to die, their funeral plans and the distribution of their estate.
Every year, in partnership with the coalition members, Dying Matters hosts an Awareness Week. Awareness Week takes place every May and involves a programme of events to support the charities objectives. This year, Awareness Week will take place during the week of 13th – 19th May 2019.
Every year Dying Matters Awareness Week challenges us to answer questions surrounding death. For 2019, they are asking Are We Ready? There are practical questions to be asked, such as:
In addition to the practicalities of planning for death, there are also emotional questions that need to be asked:
Every year, Dying Matters also selects a range of topics to be discussed in more detail during Awareness Week.
This year the selected topics are:
Funeral costs have soared by as much as 90% in the last decade and are continuing to rise. It is important to prepare for your future to protect yourself and loved ones from rising costs.
Memorialisation is the process of preserving memories of your loved ones. It is considered an important part of the grieving process and in some people’s eyes, it is a way of keeping your loved ones alive.
Pets are not just animals, but part of the family and the death of your companion can be equally as painful as grieving the loss of a family member. Pet loss needs to be taken seriously and attitudes need to change.
Due to a variety of reasons, not everyone is blessed with a strong network of family and friends. Dying alone is no fun. Find out what support and care is available for those alone later in life.
The promotion of Diversity and Inclusion is a collective responsibility, where we need to engage people from all walks of life and ensure that they are included and their beliefs are respected. Join in the conversation.
There is a range of events being held mainly across England and Wales. Find your local events here.
If you are ready to have a conversation about your end of life planning, get in touch with Funeral Planning Experts today.
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