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Dying Matters - have the conversation

Do your loved ones know what you would like to happen when you die? If not, Dying Matters Week, between 14th-20th May, could be the time to have those tricky conversations.
Dying Matter - let's talk about it

This year, during Dying Matters Week, the question posed last year - "what would you do" - has been extended to incorporate the community.


Each year the awareness week provides a platform for people to have discussions with their families that might not otherwise happen. The main goal is to clarify peoples' wishes, needs and preferences and deliver care to meet these needs.


Advance Care Planning is the term used to describe the conversation between people, their families and carers and those looking after them about their future wishes and priorities for care. It's a key means of improving care for people nearing the end of life and of enabling better planning and provision of care, to help them live well and die well in the place and the manner of their choosing. It enables people to discuss and record their future health and care wishes and also to appoint someone as an advocate or surrogate, thus making the likelihood of these wishes being known and respected at the end of life.


This year we have teamed up with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to ensure we speak to as many people as possible about their final wishes. We will be in Queen's and King George hospitals, and some of our retail stores throughout the week - we're also providing workshops for healthcare professionals, with a view to helping them full understand the importance of Advance Care Planning, and how they can support their patients with it.


Please check out our leaflet for more information, or pop along to see us at one of the following venues between 10am-2pm:


Monday 14th May

  • Our Romford store, 125 South Street, Romford, Essex, RM1 1NX
  • Queen's Hospital foyer


Tuesday 15th May

  • Our Ilford store, 127 High Road, Ilford IG1 1DE
  • King George Hospital foyer


Wednesday 16th May

  • Tesco Roneo Corner
  • Queen's Hospital foyer


Thursday 17th May

  • King George Hospital foyer


Friday 18th May

  • Queen's Hospital foyer