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NHS Event Helps Patients To Be Ready For Dying Matters

Published 10/05/2013

Patients and the public are invited to attend an NHS event that highlights the importance of Dying Matters at the Quad in Derby on Tuesday 14 May from 1pm to 4pm. 

The event is being held as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week which runs from 13 to 19 May. The theme, ‘Be Ready For It’ encourages people to take five crucial actions to be ready for the end of life: make a will, record your funeral wishes, plan your future care and support, register as an organ donor and tell your loved ones your wishes.

Without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family. Because people don’t talk openly about death they may not know what to expect and may even be unaware of what those closest to them want.

In the UK, 81% of people have not written down any preferences around their own death and only a quarter of men (25%) and just over one in three women (35%) across England have told anyone about the funeral arrangements they would like to have after they die. Nearly two-thirds of people (60%) have not written a will – including a quarter (25%) of over-65s.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has teamed up with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide the free event where there will be a variety of stalls and displays detailing information and the support available from organisations such as Age UK and Marie Curie. 

People attending will also be able to see the film, ‘The Bucket List’, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman about two terminally ill men who head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. The film will be introduced by Dr Maelie Swanwick, Palliative Care Consultant, Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

Kathy Gorman, Assistant Head of Clinical Quality at NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:

“It’s important that we all express our wishes towards the end of our lives, including where we want to die and our funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones. Talking about and preparing for death is something that many people find incredibly difficult – yet when the time comes there can be an enormous sense of relief and comfort from knowing that a relative’s final wishes have been met. We hope that as many people as possible will join us so that they can take those all important steps in discussing their final wishes with their families.”

Dr Maelie Swanwick, from Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As a society we put a lot of time into planning for major life events such as getting married, having children, birthdays, anniversaries and retirement but shy away from preparing for the other major, and inevitable event – death. I hope the afternoon is a celebration of life and stimulates people to think positively about what they would want for the end of their life so they ‘are ready for it’”



Rob Hill, Head of Media Relations

Tel: 01332 868954/07884 118775

Email: rob.hill@derbyshirecountypct.nhs.uk

Last Modified 10/05/2013