Personal Law

Dying Matters Week 2021 Begins

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Carrie Tennick, May 10, 2021

The last year has brought more talk of death than we’ve seen in recent history.

Covid-19 has touched the lives and loved ones of a huge number of people and made many of us think about getting our affairs in order for when the time comes.

Dying Matters Week is a campaign that aims to “open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement” and it begins today (10 May).

Being in a good place

This year, the campaign’s focus is on being in a good place to die. This doesn’t just cover the physical location of your last moments, but also knowing what you’re going to do with your assets – both physical and digital – and making sure your loved ones are going to be cared for.

Dying Matters, a coalition set up to change attitudes towards death, said it wants people “to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place”. It explained that to get to that point, people will have to have some important conversations.

The organisation, which is led by Hospice UK, said: “There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it.”

Making a plan

Dying Matters has produced a resource pack for people wanting to get involved in the campaign. It provides suggestions for events – including virtual ones during the pandemic – and images and posts to use on social media.

It also recommends that people tell their stories. The organisation wants to help people understand what happens to individuals at the end of life and families when they have lost someone. It is encouraging people to share their stories on social media and during events this week.

Having a plan for the end of your life can make things easier for you and your family, according to Dying Matters.

This can include having a Will, deciding on the kind of care you want, telling people your wishes for your funeral and setting out what you want to happen to your digital assets – such as social media, online storage and internet cloud accounts. You might also want to think about what happens to your physical devices, like phones, tablets and computers.

End of life wishes

Dying Matters polled people to find out whether they would be happy to discuss end of life wishes with loved ones. 81% said they would be happy to, while just 16% said they would feel uncomfortable.

It shows that even if you might feel awkward bringing the subject up, there’s a good chance your loved ones will react positively. One of the simplest ways to get involved in Dying Matters Week is to share your wishes with someone.

Another hugely important way is to make those wishes legally binding. Making a Will can help make sure your wishes are carried out. It can also help to reduce the amount of stress your family have to deal with at an already difficult time.

If you want to write a Will, our advisors are here to get you the legal help you’ll need. Just give us a call or make an enquiry online.

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