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Are we ready for our own deaths?
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Press release date09/05/2019
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National awareness campaign comes to LLR to help the public talk more openly about death

Once again the health providers of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are actively promoting and championing the importance of discussing death in the national awareness campaign, Dying Matters Week 2019.

Every year in May, Dying Matters Awareness Week gives us all an opportunity talk openly about dying, death and bereavement with friends and loved ones. This year, the week will run from 13-19 of March.
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It’s a question that challenges each of us on several levels. Are we ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us. 

 

For many of us, the answer will not be ‘yes’. 


Research shows that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which include writing a will, deciding on organ donation, and planning our future care.


Why is it important?


Around 1% of the UK population dies each year, which means about 6000 people, will die across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this year.  Each of these deaths will affect many more people in different ways.  


Dr Julia Grant, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and End of Life Care Lead Clinician at UHL said: “Dying Matters Awareness Week was so successful in 2018, we didn’t just want to do it again, we wanted to make our events bigger and better and to reach more people. This year, we have teamed up with colleagues from across our locality to get the message out. Dying can be an awkward subject but if we can’t talk about it when we are well, it only makes it more difficult to deal with when it happens.”


What is going on during Dying Matters Awareness Week?


Public events are taking place at the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre on 14th May and Haymarket Shopping Centre on 17th May. They will feature fun games as well as the opportunity to talk to staff and volunteers.  


The goal is to create a friendly space for people to ask important questions about end of life care issues and thinking ahead, such as making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.  Everyone is welcome- just come along between 9am and 4pm to join in the fun. 


In addition to supporting the two public events, University Hospitals of Leicester will also be running stalls on the three hospital sites where they will be encouraging staff and public to make pledges about the future, to have some fun and to get the information they need.


On Wednesday 15th May there will be the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Dying Matters Conference: “Are We Ready?  Let’s Talk About Dying” which takes place at Stamford Court and is generously sponsored by Macmillan Cancer Support.  This event is attracting 200 delegates from organisations across LLR and includes national and local speakers; stalls publicising local work and services and a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues about this incredibly important area of care.


Within the Emergency Department, during Dying Matters Week, the emergency team are taking time to learn from our patients about how we can make our conversations about death and dying better.  Throughout May and beyond, the team are working on “The Butterfly Project” which aims to improving discussions about advance care planning in the Emergency Department.


When is it all happening?


  • Monday 13th May at Leicester General Hospital, 10-2pm stall in the hospital canteen.
  • Tuesday 14th May at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre 9-4pm public event in the shopping centre.
  • Wednesday 15th May at Stamford Court - LLR Dying Matters Conference: “Are We Ready?  Let’s Talk About Dying”.  This Macmillan Sponsored event is attracting 200 delegates from organisations across LLR and includes national and local speakers; stalls publicising local work and services and a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues about this incredibly important area of care.
  • Thursday 16th May at Leicester Royal Infirmary, 10-2pm stall in the hospital canteen.
  • Friday 17th May at the Glenfield Hospital, 10-2pm stall in the reception area.
  • Friday 17th May Haymarket Shopping Centre, 9-4pm public event in the shopping centre.

 


Staff, patients and relatives are encouraged to come along, have some fun and to talk about planning ahead.


For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, and what is happening across the country, please see www.dyingmatters.org/page/map-awareness-week-events-2019


Contact information:
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For all hospital enquiries, including additional quotes, images and interviews, please contact:

Jake Toon

Communications Officer at University Hospitals of Leicester

jake.toon@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

0116 258 8715
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