Dying Matters in Sheffield: a citywide partnership

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As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, a host of organisations and businesses in Sheffield are partnering up to raise awareness of dying, death and bereavement with a range of events starting in the city today.

This year, the theme of the awareness week is ‘What Can You Do?’ and aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement.

The awareness week, which takes place annually in May, will provide five days of events, including Death Cafés, which encourage discussions about dying and bereavement over coffee and cake, theatre group performances, presentations from End of Life Care professionals, information stalls from local support centres, charities and businesses, and much more.

Interactive activities will also be available to take part in such as quizzes, sessions for making memory boxes, and also a Wall of Wishes, which gives visitors an opportunity to record and share their wishes and aspirations.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, St Lukes Hospice, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, the Theatre Delicatessen and Dead Earnest are joining together to highlight the importance of the national awareness week.

Dr David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s important for individuals and the people who are important to them to discuss their wishes and plans. A holistic approach to caring for and respecting the wishes of the patient, their families and carers is essential”

Visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/dyingmatters for a full timetable of events.