Royal Trinity Hospice is celebrating the end of another successful Dying Matters Week (8th-14th May 2017) after hosting an exciting and varied series of events aimed at encouraging people to talk about dying, death and bereavement.

Events this year kicked off on Monday 8th May 2017 with Trinity’s annual Death Café, where 22 people joined together to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. On Tuesday, 15 people came together for an evening of reflection and conversation surrounding life’s biggest taboos - sex and death.

On Wednesday, the charity hosted its first ever Facebook Live Chat, where members of Trinity’s Patient and Family Support Team answered questions from followers on death, dying, grief or bereavement. You can still view the video on our Facebook page.

The final event of the week was a unique creative workshop exploring the themes of life and death. 12 people joined this intimate event to explore the ancient meditative practice of creating a mandala.

Throughout the week, Trinity’s 25 charity shops also get involved in the awareness raising campaign, hosting interactive window displays throughout the week. Hundreds of shoppers and passers-by wrote moving messages to a loved one who has died or a friend who helped them through times of grief or bereavement. 

Death and dying remains a taboo subject in the UK, however a reluctance to plan for the end of our lives can lead to many issues. Family members can be left to make important decisions on behalf of a loved one, not knowing their wishes. Fear is often the root cause of people’s reluctance to talk about death but planning ahead makes the financial, legal and practical consequences of death easier for family members to deal with.

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