About 1% of the UK population dies each year and each of those deaths will affect many more people in different ways.
A team of volunteers from Tameside and Glossop is going to try to get people from Tameside and Glossop talking about life and death. Events are taking place at Tameside Hospital, Age UK Ashton, The Grafton Centre in Hyde and in Glossop centre during the nationwide annual Dying Matters Awareness Week.
There will be information stands with people to talk to and leaflets to pick up on various subjects on the theme of planning for the end of our lives and a café style environment where people can drop in and have a chat or simply read some information.
On Friday 18th May, we have our main event at The Grafton Centre, Hyde, where we will have a café with cake and conversation, craft activities, virtual Art of Dying art gallery, information from Funeral Directors, Celebrants and solicitors, local charities and an uplifting performance by Tameside Voices, our amazing local choir. The goal is to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.
Our events are some of hundreds taking place across England for Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from May 14-20. For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, and the events on across the country, please see https://www.dyingmatters.org/page/map-awareness-week-events-2018
The theme for this year’s Dying Matters week is “What Can You Do…In your community” which is a rollover from last year as the topic is so broad.
Fiona Horrocks, End of Life Care Facilitator for Care Homes and Community at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said “We held an Art of Dying exhibition last year at Ashton 6th Form College, and it was so successful at engaging local people that we wanted to build on that this year. Lots of people had so many questions, or said they were glad to be able to talk about death. It can be an emotive subject but if we can’t talk about it we only make it more difficult to deal with.”