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May 16th, 2018

There are many events throughout the year that aim to raise the profile of a particular issue, and one that is taking place this week and that has struck a chord with the team here at DoCare is Dying Awareness Week.Dying matters

Every year in May, the organisation Dying Matters hosts the awareness week, with the aim of encouraging people to talk about dying, death and bereavement.

Why talk about dying?

There is a saying that there are only two certainties in life, death and taxes, yet as a nation we seem to shy away from the topic of death.

When we are young, death seems a very long way off, but as we get older it is almost inevitable that we will think of our ultimate demise from time to time, but we still don’t talk about it. Yet the only way to let people know your views about what should happen when you die – for example, how you want your funeral to be conducted, how you would like your estate to be distributed – is by letting people know during your lifetime.

One way is through making a will, and yet one in three people die without writing one, which can lead to upset, confusion and potentially conflict between those you leave behind.

Even if you do make a will, don’t leave it at that; talk to your loved ones about death and dying. It’s a difficult conversation, but will make decisions easier in the long-run.

Dying Matters’ mission is to “help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life”. The organisation concedes this will involve a fundamental change in society in which dying, death and bereavement are seen and accepted as the natural part of everybody’s life cycle. “Changes in the way society views dying and death have impacted on the experience of people who are dying and bereaved. Our lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish.”

At DoCare, it is our privilege to support a number of our clients who are reaching the end of their lives, and many of our team undergo specialist training in palliative care to ensure we provide the best service possible. We can see at first-hand how important it is for families to be with their loved ones and how it makes a difference if the wishes of the person who is dying are made know.

We applaud Dying Matters and hope this week’s awareness events will raise the profile of this difficult topic.

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.