Thursday, 14 May 2015

National Dying Matters Awareness Week begins on May 18th and will be urging as many people as possible to think, talk and make plans for the end of their life.

This national week of action is aimed for everyone.  You don't have to be ill or dying to make plans for your future.  Nobody knows what the future has in store.  By getting your matters in order, telling your loved ones your wishes, planning for your future care and support, making a will,  recording your funeral wishes or even registering as an organ donor, you can make it easier on yourself and your loved ones at the end of your life.

Up and down the country, countless events are being planned with a focus on the subject we often try to avoid. Talk, plan, live is the theme of the awareness week in 2015. At Peace Hospice Care we have a week of activities planned.  Hope you can get involved!

Monday May 18:

We will be visiting Watford General Hospital and other locations in the community with our Dying Matters Awareness Week activity posters and information. We are supporting the Hospice of St Francis ' Death Café.  Come along to Dalling & Co, Kings Langley, WD4 8BH.  4.30pm until 7pm. Enjoy a cuppa, a cake and a discussion on death!  The objective of the Death Café is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.  A Death Café is a discussion group rather than a group support or counselling session.

Tuesday May 19:

Champions Day at Chorleywood Beaumont Care Home.  Staff from carehomes in West Herts will be attending the event to hear a variety of speakers.  Staff will contribute to a discussion on how they have made 'Dying Matters' in their carehome. A interactive jigsaw puzzle will be assembled that illustrates achievements.  The completed puzzle will be revealed at the end of the day. 

Wednesday May 20th:  

Care Home Champions  Day will be taking place at Forest Care Village in Borehamwood.  Staff will launch their new Advance Care Planning documents and the Celebration of Life card which has been designed by residents (to be sent to the home of families after the death of a resident), will be chosen. Residents will enjoy a screening of 'The Bucket List' during the week, and a discussion will follow on residents Bucket List wishes. 

Thursday May 21st:

Movie night at the Starlight Centre at Peace Hospice Care.  We will be screening 'What We Did on Our Holiday'.  Starring Billy Connolly, this black comedy  explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.  Film starts at 6pm. Staff, volunteers and all welcome. To make a booking and reserve a seat contact Lo Loney 01923 330330.

We have also launched a Poetry Competition.  HRH Princess Michael of Kent will be judging entries and there is an opportunity for entrants to have their work included in a Peace Hospice Care poetry anthology.   The subject of the competition is  - Love and  Loss.  http://bit.ly/1cWMfgM

As part of the week, Dying Matters will  be hosting a Twitter chat every weekday from 1-2pm GMT. The aim of the chats is to encourage members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better.  join in the conversation via the hashtag #YODO

For further information of Dying Matters Activities visit www.dyingmatters.org