Let's talk about death and dying

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Mon 11 May 2020 - posted by Patient & Family Services

To support Dying Matters Awareness Week, our doctors and specialists will be bringing you regular updates throughout the week, on the importance of discussing sensitive issues like death and dying, with those close to you. They’ll share tips on how you can support someone who is grieving and tell us what kind of questions people ask when they are faced with death.

Nobody wants to think about getting ill or dying, but having a plan in place, makes it easier for you and everyone around you when the time does come.

By making your wishes clear, you can make your last days easier and take away unnecessary stress for others, after your death.

You can't foresee how things will turn out as you get older. If you become dependent, lose capacity or become seriously ill, have you considered where you’d like to be cared for, if there are any treatments you’d refuse, and even who would make decisions for you if you are unable to?

A good place to start is by asking yourself: “What’s important to me?”.

Making plans
Write down your plans so that those who care for you have a record. Any GP or consultant will be able to help you with an Advance Care Plan, or you can find out more here and download a copy.  Once completed, keep it at home  it at home in a safe place.

Have you written your Will?
Writing a will allows you to plan what happens to your money and possessions after you die. You can also let people know about your funeral wishes. During Will Month this May, we can link you up with solicitors who can help you with this all-imporatnt document, in exchange for a donation to Willen Hospice. If you feel you would like to leave a gift to us in your Will, they will advise you on the best way to do this.

Most important of all, have those conversations and make sure your loved ones know your plans and wishes.

Find out all the ways Willen Hospice supports patients and families and don't forget to keep an eye on our social media and blog for updates throughout the week.

If you need any support for your own journey of grief, here are some valuable resources.

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