Dying Matters Awareness Week 14-20 May

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Dying Matters – What Can You Do?

Every year in May, Dying Matters host an awareness week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May and Hospice will be sharing their campaign in asking “What Can You Do… in your community?”

The aim of this campaign is to raise public awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of making your wishes known.

As it stands, we are not having enough of these conversations…

  • Just 35% of adults said they had made a will
  • Just 30% had let someone know their funeral wishes
  • Just 7% had written down wishes or preferences about the care they would want if they couldn’t make decisions
  • Just 25% had asked a family member about their end of life wishes
  • Just 33% registered to be an organ donor

Dying Matters has a wealth of downloadable resources that can help you start to have some of these conversations, you can download them all here.

We also have the following Hospice documents available to download

Preparing for the Death Leaflet

End of life guidance – 2016

During Dying Matters Awareness Week we will also be hosting our ‘A Royal Get Together’ event, welcoming Lord Michael Dobbs to the Island as he embarks on his Walk4Eric fundraising campaign and re-launching Derek Winterbottom’s book ‘Our Island Hospice 1983-2016’.  The book will be on sale in of our shops, warehouse and various book shops and coffee shops around the Island. It retails at £10 and 100% of the income will go directly towards providing patient care here at Hospice.




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