Dying to Talk in Dying Matters Week

DYING Matter’s Week returns to Reading next month to help raise awareness about the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement.

Fewer than one in five people have discussed their ‘end of life’ wishes with family, and just over one third have written a will, according to research by Dying Matters. Groups across Reading are encouraging people to take the opportunity to have a conversation and to think ahead, as while difficult it is also one of the most important conversations you can.

‘Dying to Talk’ is a week-long series of events taking place in Reading as part of Dying Matters Week. The week aims to raise awareness and encourage dialogue to help people actively plan for death and dying.

Councillor Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead Member of Adult Social Care, hopes that Dying Matters Week will help break the taboo around the subject of dying. She said:

“None of us likes to think about death, but talking about it won’t make it happen. I’d encourage people to take part in the events, which are a mix of fun, informative and personal.  We can all use Dying Matters week as an opportunity to have important conversations about how we  want to end our story.

“We only get one chance to this right. The important message is don’t leave it too late – tell your loved ones about your wishes.”

The week-long series of events in Reading starts on Tuesday 9 May with a radio discussion on community radio station Blast 1386, between 11 am and 2 pm, and includes:

Wednesday 10 May

Crematorium Open Day at Reading Cemetery, between 09.30 am and 3 pm

Talk About It Over Tea and Cake at Whitley Café, between 11 am and 12 noon

Dying to Talk: Planning Ahead at Theale Medical Centre, between 12noon and 2pm

Thursday 11 May

Dying Matters: Planning for My Future at The Duchess of Kent Hospice, between 12 noon and 3 pm

A Quiz Night (location and time to be confirmed)

Friday 12 May

Sunrise of Sonning BBQ at Reading Cemetery, between 09.30 am and 3 pm

Monday 17 May

Knowing You, Knowing Me: Dying Matters at Reading International Solidarity Centre, between 11 am and 1 pm.

A full list of the events held throughout the week, and details of how to get involved, are available at www.facebook.com/groups/dyingmattersRdg.  Most events are free, but contributions to The Duchess of Kent Sue Ryder Hospice can be made by through www.sueryder.org/donate or 0118 955 0400.

Further information on Dying Matters is available on their website at www.dyingmatters.org.

You can find further advice by visiting support.sueryder.org, or by contacting The Duchess of Kent Sue Ryder Hospice directly on 0118 955 0400.


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Victoria Nickless

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