Your help mat­ters to us a great deal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I AM writ­ing to say thank you to all mem­bers of the Dy­ing Mat­ters Coali­tion and to lo­cal res­i­dents for mak­ing Dy­ing Mat­ters Aware­ness Week in May such a suc­cess.

Town halls, com­mu­nity groups, arts venues, hos­pi­tals, hospices, GP surg­eries, care homes, law firms, banks, build­ing so­ci­eties and fu­neral di­rec­tors were among those hold­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at rais­ing aware­ness about the im­por­tance of talk­ing more openly about dy­ing, death and be­reave­ment.

With hun­dreds of mem­bers in the lo­cal area and 30,000 mem­bers across Eng­land and Wales, the Dy­ing Mat­ters Coali­tion is mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence by break­ing the taboo about dis­cussing dy­ing, but there’s still a long way to go.

Talk­ing more openly about dy­ing and plan­ning ahead may not be easy, but it can help us to make the most of life and spare our loved ones from mak­ing dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions on our be­half or deal­ing with the fall­out if we haven’t got our af­fairs in or­der.

Whether it’s through plan­ning for your fu­ture care and sup­port – for ex­am­ple through set­ting up a Last­ing Power of At­tor­ney – writ­ing a will, mak­ing fi­nan­cial plans to en­sure the peo­ple you care about are pro­tected, record­ing your fu­neral wishes or de­cid­ing whether you would po­ten­tially want to do­nate your or­gans or tis­sue, talk­ing more openly about your wishes and those of the peo­ple you care about can make a real dif­fer­ence.

CLAIRE HENRY Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Dy­ing

Mat­ters Coali­tion www.dy­ing­mat­

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