Trust holds event to talk about death

Connie Mitchell and Norma McAllister.
Connie Mitchell and Norma McAllister.

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has hosted an event to raise awareness of the importance of getting people talking about dying, death and bereavement.

The event, held to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week (9-15 May), also got people talking about making plans for their end of life.

Angela McVeigh, Director of Older People and Primary Care for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, said: “Talking about death and dying can be a very difficult and sensitive topic that many of us avoid, whether we are ill or in full health.

“Through Dying Matters Awareness Week, we are encouraging everyone to start to think, plan and talk openly about their wishes for what they would want in the event of their death or becoming unable to make decisions for themselves.

“Health and social care staff want to ensure that everyone approaching the end of their life dies with dignity and compassion.

“If you have planned ahead and shared your wishes with loved ones or your health professional, these can be taken into account should decisions need to be made on your behalf.

“Knowing that your wishes have been fulfilled can bring comfort to your loved ones. When these important details have been sorted out, you can then get on with the important task of living life to the full.”