People are being urged to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement with staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust in support of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

In 2018, the week will run from 14th to the 20th of May and the theme is “What Can You Do… in your community?” and events are being held outside the RUH as well as in wards and departments at the RUH to encourage discussion among staff, patients and families about end of life issues.

Helen Meehan, RUH Lead Nurse for Palliative Care and End of Life, said:

“Dying Matters is not just about a person’s final days of life. It’s about the weeks, months and years before, and it’s really important to be aware and understanding of the needs of people however close they are to the end of life.

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable about talking about end of life. Talking about our own wishes for care at the end of life, sharing what is important to us with our loved ones, our GP and those supporting us can help us to get the care and support that we need, where we want it, at the end of our lives.”

During the week, representatives from across the Trust including The Forever Friends Appeal will visit the wards and provide patients and their families with information about making a Will, talking about your funeral wishes, considering registering as an organ donor, and telling your loved ones your wishes.

Jan Witt, In Memory & Legacy Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said:

“This week is an opportunity for us to talk about the importance of putting your affairs in order by making a Will, how people can leave the RUH a gift in their Will and we are inviting people to come to our Spiritual Care Centre next Saturday for a service of remembrance, which will start at 3pm.”

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