Mid Essex CCG is encouraging people across Essex to plan for the future by thinking about their end of life wishes in the lead-up to Dying Matters Awareness Week – 8 to 14 May 2017.
This year the national campaign will ask the question: “What Can You Do?”' – to get more people active in planning for dying and death, and to support bereaved and grieving friends, family and neighbours.
We want people to think about three things:
- Planning – what can you do to get active in planning for death and dying?
- Support – what can you do to help someone you’re close to or someone in the wider community in times of grief and bereavement?
- Conversation – what can you do to talk more openly about dying and death?
One organisation in Essex that can help families and friends supporting someone with a life-limiting condition or terminal illness is Macmillan Carers Service. The service is run by local charity Action for Family Carers with support from Macmillan Cancer and Essex County Council.
Rebecca Loan, Macmillan Carers Service Manager, says: “We know talking about death and dying isn’t easy but as individuals, we all need to have conversations that express our wishes and choices during our last years of life.
“As well as offering emotional support and listening to what may be worrying you, our friendly team can help you plan for the future, thinking about wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and end of life wishes.
“Dying well is just as important as living well. Thinking about things you want in advance, talking to your loved ones, writing down and keeping it safe gives you some control at the end of life. It can also comfort those who are bereaved to know everything was done the way their loved one would have wanted.”
Support is available either by phone or from a representative who can visit you in your home or a place of your choice. For more information visit the Carers in Essex website or call 0300 770 8090.