Dying Matters Awareness Week: How would you like to be remembered?

22 May 2019

NHS Swale CCG supported Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019), which was organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2019 was ‘Are We Ready?’ Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones.

At Swale we encouraged our staff to tell us how they would like to be remembered. To celebrate everyone’s views we created a fun animation which can be viewed below.


Don’t be afraid to talk about death

We want people to actively make plans for themselves, share them with friends and family, support the bereaved and offer support and help to those who may need it. People shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help or to offer help. Communities are growing larger and more varied and all can be affected by death and loss.

Events this week (13-19 May 2019)

Hospice care for Sittingbourne and Sheppey patients is provided by the Wisdom Hospice, Rochester.  They have a full programme of events this week at the Wisdom Wellbeing and Therapy Centre, Wisdom Hospice, High Bank, Rochester ME1 2NU: 

Tuesday 14th May, 10am to 12.30pm: Sound advice- come and meet a panel of professional and take the opportunity to ask the questions that will help you get your financial and legal affairs in order

Tuesday 14th May, 1pm to 3pm: Planning ahead- come and find out about the steps you can take to put your wishes in place and ensure you and your family know what you want to happen towards the end of life

Wednesday 15th May, 10am to 12.30pm: This is me!- illness takes its toll in many ways often affecting our appearance, confidence and the way we feel about ourselves. Come and join us for some hair, beauty and style advice to lift your spirits.

Wednesday 15th May, 1pm to 3pm: Hypnotherapy relaxation- come and enjoy a taster session of hypnotherapy relaxation and find out how this could benefit you in terms of coping with pain and illness.

Thursday 16th May, 1pm to 3pm: Caring for someone at home- come and find out about what is available to help you care for a loved one in their own home towards the end of their life.

Friday 17th May, 1pm to 3pm: Wiltshire farm foods- join us for a presentation by Wiltshire Farm Foods. Find out more about these popular ready meals including Chef’s favourites and Specialist Nutrition while sampling some of their tasty fayre.

Make your wishes known

Research for Dying Matters has found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met. There is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death: 70% of people would prefer to die at home but around half currently die in hospital.

Find out more

For more information visit our campaign page and the Dying Matters website.