New hospital campaign says “we need to talk about death”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS is raising awareness of  death and grief with a week of events as a part of Dying Matters Week.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Are We Ready” and it aims to give an opportunity to talk more openly about making plans for death and bereavement, which takes place from 13 to 19 May.

Chris Morley, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, we are lucky to have dedicated staff, such as those working within palliative care, whose skills and expertise are used to help patients and relatives in planning and preparing for death.”

The campaign is holding events within the community on Wednesday from 10am – 2pm at Woodhouse Clinic Skelton Lane, Sheffield.

Dying Matters Week activities
Day 3 of Dying Matters Week

The mission of this year’s Dying Matters week is to promote a fundamental change in society in which death and bereavement can be seen and accepted as the natural part of everybody’s life cycle.

Ms Morley also said: “A holistic approach to caring for and respecting the wishes of the patient, their families and carers at this time can have such a tremendous impact on the overall experience of that person, which is why it is important for individuals and the people who are important to them to discuss their wishes and plans.”

The events will provide an opportunity to find out more about preparing for the end of life, including funeral directors to answer questions about planning a funeral and also a solicitor who can discuss wills and other related queries.

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