Royal Trinity Hospice is celebrating Dying Matters Week (9th – 15th May 2016) by holding a series of events aimed at encouraging people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Events include a Death Café, a carers open day, notable speakers from the fields of philosophy and design, as well as interactive window displays across Trinity’s charity shops.

The programme of events offers a variety of opportunities for the local community to engage in discussions around death, dying and bereavement:

  • On Tuesday 10th May, 7pm Trinity will host its first Death Cafe. Death Cafés are events where people gather to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death and dying. These events can help people think about the practicalities around death and encourage them to make the most of their lives.
  • On Wednesday 11th May, 12pm Trinity opens its doors to carers to showcase the varied support available to people caring for someone with a life-limiting illness at the hospice.
  • On Thursday 12th May, 7pm, Trinity will host writer, teacher and psychotherapist Mark Vernon who will discuss how philosophy and spirituality can inform how we approach death and dying
  • On Friday 13th May, 12.30pm Trinity will host design duo Normalising Death, whose innovative approach to encouraging people to talk about and plan for death has received national media attention.
  • Throughout the week, Trinity’s 25 charity shops will also display memory trees in their shop windows, where shoppers and passers-by can ‘leaf a memory’ for a loved one who has died. To find your nearest Trinity charity shop, click here.

With an ageing population and people living for longer with life limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. 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 state they would prefer to die at home but around half currently die in hospital.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice, said, “We know that talking about and planning for death and dying remains one of the biggest taboos there is in our society, but here at Trinity we see time and time again that talking and planning for  death can alleviate some of the anxiety and difficulties for all involved. We feel we have a responsibility to support people to have these conversations. That’s why we would encourage everyone in the local community to get involved with the exciting programme of events we have planned."

To find out more about the events going on at Trinity for Dying Matters Week or to RSVP, click here.