Posted by Amanda Crawford at 15/05/2018 13:07:55
To support Dying Matters Week (14 – 20 May), west Kent residents are being encouraged to discuss what they want for the end of their lives with those close to them.
The campaign aims to break down the fear and taboo associated with death, dying and bereavement and get people talking more openly.
The Dying Matters coalition is promoting five simple tips to improve end of life experiences for individuals and their loved ones.
Write your will
This way you can be sure your wishes are carried out correctly and it avoids your family having to make difficult legal decisions.
Record your funeral wishes
Decide what sort of funeral you want and pre-pay it, if possible. It gets rid of any worries for you or your family. Some people find it gives them peace of mind to plan their funeral in detail.
Plan your future care and support
Before you get ill, decide what medical care you want when the time comes – for instance, if you want to be resuscitated and where you would prefer to die. Talk to your family, healthcare workers and GP to help you decide.
Consider registering as an organ donor
Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant. Transplants can save or greatly enhance the lives of other people.
Tell your loved ones your wishes
Facing up to death and discussing your wishes are important steps to ensure your final days are as peaceful and comfortable as they can be. It is much better to do it when you are still well and able to think about what you want.
You may be surprised by the range and variety of services available from our local hospices to support you and your family in the last year of life. The services help address physical, psychological, social, religious, spiritual and cultural needs and include therapies, counselling and welfare advice.
Heart of Kent Hospice
Hospice in the Weald
You can find more information and help on the Dying Matters website.