Charity aim to raise awareness on dealing with death through local events across UK

Over half (59%) of residents in Derbyshire would focus on getting their practical affairs in order if they knew they had less than 12 months to live, according to a new survey

About one third of people (33%) said they would revisit people or places they hadn’t seen in a while, while 31% said they would plan their end of life care, such as where they’d like to spend their final days. 

Women were slightly more likely than men to organise practical and financial matters (57% v 54%), while 18-34-year-olds were more likely than the over 55's to want to take a trip or have an experience they’ve always wanted to do (64% v 46%).

People were least interested in preserving their digital legacy and making spiritual or religious preparations (7% and 6% respectively).

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs May 13-19, and there will be hundreds of local events taking place across England, all of them encouraging people to talk or ask questions about death, grief, wills, funerals and more. The events range from death cafes and a competition to design your own coffin to art exhibitions, theatre performances and celebrating life.

Dying Matters, which is run by hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, brings together a broad coalition of individuals and organisations including solicitors, funeral directors, hospices and hospitals, grief counsellors and palliative care specialists.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK says explains why it is so important: "To make sure that we get things right like burial and funerals as well and it is as we would have wanted it. But also to take away some of that fear and to support people going through grief and bereavement because it can be such a lonely time."

"Most people told us that if they were facing the end of their life they would want to get the practical things sorted out. You can talk about your will, your organ donation or your funeral. Or on the other side, of things you'd maybe like to do such as having a conversation about your bucket list."

Events are taking place across North Derbyshire, including a market at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and conferences at Derby University throughout this week. You can find out more here.

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