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Bridgewater calls on local people in Wigan to talk about dying
Friday 10th May, 2013

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2013) staff from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s (Bridgewater) District Nursing Teams will be in Wigan Town Centre on Monday 13 May to encourage people to talk openly about dying.

The District Nurses will be onboard a Key 103 bus parked in Standishgate outside Wilkinsons from 10am to 4pm and will be available to give advice and information to anyone with a question or concern about end of care life care.

Anita Pennington, Palliative Care & Locality Practice Educator for District Nursing in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan said:

“Dying can be a difficult subject to talk about but it is a natural process. Our District Nurses strive to provide quality end of life care so patients can have a peaceful and dignified death in their place of choice. By holding this event in the town centre, we hope to encourage more people to have open and honest conversations about their final wishes with their family, friends or carers.”

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 is ‘Be ready for it’, and is aimed at encouraging members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

1. Make a will
2. Record your funeral wishes
3. Plan your future care and support
4. Register as an organ donor
5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

Bridgewater is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

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 more than half currently die in hospital.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking the five steps we are promoting during Dying Matters Awareness Week to plan for the future, we can make a big difference.”

Find out more about Dying Awareness Week at www.dyingmatters.org.

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