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Dying Matters Week 2021

Published on 21 April 2021 06:45 PM

Dying Matters Week

Join us for two special online workshops brought to you by the Future Matters team for Dying Matters Week, 10th to 16th May.  

This year, the theme for Dying Matters Awareness Week is to focus on the importance of being in a good place to die. 

Whilst many people know that putting a will in place is something that we should all ideally do not so many people think about other aspects of end of life planning.  This includes considering and recording wishes about whether to spend last days at home or in a formal healthcare setting.

Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home, and the pandemic has accelerated this trend. 28% of people in the UK died at home in 2020. There are advantages of being in hospital and there are advantages of being at home. Either way, it’s a personal choice for the individual and a choice that’s best made after discussion with their loved ones. 

“It is really important that in an emergency, Doctors, ambulance and hospital staff, know exactly what you want and know who to contact” says Mireille Hayden, Health Psychologist, Director at Gentle Dusk. “We want to give you all the information you need to put your plans in place and ensure you and your loved ones are in the best place possible, emotionally and practically.”

Book your place on a FREE workshop

We are offering two key online workshops to help people plan ahead and ensure they are in control of their future and loved ones aware of their wishes.

The workshops will be hosted by Future Matters Islington, a service provided by Gentle Dusk and Age UK Islington. They will be facilitated by Age UK Islington trained and experienced Future Matters volunteers.

Tuesday 11 May 2 - 3pm: Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney. This signposts participants on how to circumvent the difficult tasks often associated when setting these up and also gives practical advice and information.

Future Matters: Wills & Lasting Power of Attorney Workshop, Tuesday 11th May, 2 - 3.30pm

Thursday 13 May 2 - 3.15pm: Advance Care Planning. This offers a step-by- step guide to what's involved with advance care planning and specifically the Co-ordinate my Care (CMC) service.

CMC is an online service from the NHS which records your wishes and treatment needs, and communicates them to urgent care services in the event of an emergency.

Future Matters: Advance Care Planning Workshop, Thursday 13th May, 2 - 3.15pm

How do I access the Future Matters service?

Call the Age UK Islington on: 0207 281 6018 (Monday to Friday, 9 – 5pm) and they will connect you to the Future Matters service.

Email: gethelp@ageukislington.org.uk

Learn more about Gentle Dusk: http://www.gentledusk.org.uk