Opening up death taboo

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NHS staff supporting people in Chesterfield to make decisions about dying and death are staging a campaign aimed at encouraging open conversations about the subject.

During Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs until tomorrow, brings together information and events at various sites across Derbyshire.

Patients and staff will be able to anonymously post suggestions about their final wishes – including how they would most like to die and what their five songs of choice at their funeral would be.

Michelle Binnion, Macmillan End of Life Care Homes Educator for NHS Derbyshire, said: “Talking about and preparing for death is something many people find incredibly difficult – yet when the time comes there can be an enormous sense of relief and comfort from knowing simple things like a relative’s final wishes.”