10 May 2019

Sheffield Hospitals to highlight importance of talking about death and grief with week of events

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is hosting a number of events to raise awareness of talking about dying, death and grief.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is an annual awareness week which takes place from 13th to the 19th May and provides an opportunity to talk about death and bereavement nationally.

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters campaign is ‘Are We Ready’, and looks at the practical and emotional steps we all need to take to be ready for the end of our lives.

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. 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.”

This year the Trust will be holding events within the community on Tuesday 14th May 10:00am to 2-00pm at the Manor Clinic, 18 Ridgeway Road, Sheffield, S12 2ST and Wednesday 15th May 10-00am to 2-00pm at Woodhouse Clinic Skelton lane, Sheffield, S13 7LY.

The events provide an opportunity to find out more about preparing for 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.

For further information about the awareness week visit www.dyingmatters.org

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