In 2009 the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters coalition. This coalition currently has 32,000 members across England and Wales, the aim is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and
to make plans for the end of life.

Every year they hold an Awareness Week and this years theme is ‘The Big Conversation’.

The Big Conversation- talking about dying won’t make it happen.

None of us actually want to think about getting ill and dying, but not talking about it won’t make it go away any more than talking about dying will make it happen sooner. Having the Big Conversation can help you to live well and to make the most of life until the very end. Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. However, did you know that talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and support loved ones. Also with an ageing population and people living longer with life limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. As well as this there’s the worry that if you don’t talk to your loved ones about their wishes you may be risking leaving it too late. Another important point is that many of us have strong views about our care and what will happen after we die, but if not talked about our wishes are unlikely to be met. Finally it’s important not to be scared, you’re not going to jinx yourself, talking about dying won’t make it happen any more than talking about sex will make you pregnant.

Believe it or not just 18% of British adults say they have asked a family member about their end of life wishes and 72% of the public believe that people in Britain are uncomfortable discussing dying, death and bereavement.

We hope that this will encourage you to have the ‘Big Conversation’ because remember- talking about dying won’t make it happen.

You can get more information, advice and follow this week’s events by clicking the link below.

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