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Dying Matters Week 2024

Dying Matters Awareness Week 2024 will take place from 6th to 10th May. 

Dying Matters is a campaign run by the charity, Hospice UK. In May, each year people around the UK use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them. We want to see a world where people live well until the very end.  

This year’s theme, ‘The way we talk about Dying Matters’, focuses on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying – specifically between healthcare professionals and patients, their carers and their families. Honest, timely conversations about death and dying are essential to good end of life care. Yet all too often barriers, including lack of confidence, taboos around discussing death, and confusion about who should be having these conversations mean patients, carers and families may not understand what is happening, or get all the information and support they need. 

Hospice UK have produced a number of resources to help facilitate conversations about death and dying, ranging from getting organised before you die, to how to talk to children about dying. All of the resources are available on the Hospice UK website.

There are also a range of events taking place throughout Dying Matters Week across Coventry and Warwickshire designed to support people have these often-difficult conversations.

Below are a full list of events taking place that are available for anyone to attend. Please do come along and learn more about how you and your loved ones can get support to talk to health professionals about death and dying.

South Warwickshire What? Where? When? For whom?/ Audience
Bereavement café: a drop in for anyone who has lost someone important and would like a coffee and a chat Stratford Hospital  Wednesday 1st May 
3.30pm - 5pm 
For everyone staff, patients & public
Education, language, competition. Meet the palliative team. 11am - 2pm, outside outpatients corridor. Rev Ricarda Witcombe will be supporting Outpatients Corridor, Warwick Hospital All Week  For everyone staff, patients & public
Engaging in conversation with staff and visitors: 'On my Bucket list is', 
‘A recipe with memories is', ‘Words I will be remembered with' by outpatients
Outpatients Corridor, Warwick Hospital Tuesday 7th May  
2pm - 4pm
For everyone staff, patients & public
Marie Curie Information stand  Outpatients Corridor, Warwick Hospital Tuesday 7th May  
2pm - 4pm
For everyone staff, patients & public
We are joining forces with The Shakespeare Hospice to discuss how we talk about dying and death Stratford Hospital Atrium All Week For everyone staff, patients & public
We will have a tree for people to put words and songs that they love or have special significance and we have advocates from two different Bereavement Cafés who will be here to talk about how “talking helps”. Stratford Hospital Atrium All Week For everyone staff, patients & public
Brain Dolan Originator of the #endPJparalysis and #last1000days Warwick Hospital - Canteen, back room Thursday 9th May
2pm - 4pm
For everyone staff, patients & public
Marie Curie Information stand Warwick Hospital - Canteen, back room Thursday 9th May
2pm - 4pm
For everyone staff, patients & public
Launching HAIKU (three-line poetry) Competition to support this year’s theme of ‘the language we use around death, dying and grief’. Poems submitted to the Haiki competition will be judged by writer, broadcaster, founder of Forward Poetry Prize and creator of the best-selling ‘Poetry Pharmacy’ books, ‘William Sieghart’.
on Tuesday 7th May 2024. 
William has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the UK, into the pages of The Guardian, onto Radio 4, onto the television and for Dying Matters week, he has honed his prescriptions and brought them to the walls of Warwick Hospital.The submitted poems, with author permission, will then be displayed, broadcast and recited as part of Dying Matters week.
Across the Trust 7-10th May  For everyone staff, patients & public
Haiku Poetry session (AM & PM session) The Shakespeare Hospice  - The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop, Stratford 17th April 2024 Being advertised to existing carers & bereaved
The Shakespeare Hospice open for groups/sessions with a focus that week being language this will span across our adult and children services. The Shakespeare Hospice 7-10th May 2024 Existing caseload patient, clients, young people
We are joining forces with The Health and Wellbeing Team SWFT.  We will have a joint stand in Stratford Hospital Atrium providing information and a tree of support for people to put words that have special significance, this will be supported by Hospice staff. Stratford Hospital Atrium 10th May 2024 For everyone
‘Colder than Here’ Extract performed from a recent play at the Bear Pit – Q&A format after The Shakespeare Hospice 10th May 2024 - Evening For everyone
Daily Poetry readings with Anton Lesser which will be posted on social media - The poems will be uplifting death and dying themed. Shipston Home Nursing  7-10 May 2024 For everyone
 
Myton Awareness Stall at Coughton Court The Myton Hospice – Warwick/Coughton Court National Trust  Friday 10th May
11-4pm
For everyone
North Warwickshire What? Where? When? For whom?/ Audience
Open event at Mary Ann Evans Hospice Mary Ann Evans Hospice  Wednesday 8th May
11-2pm 
For everyone - public event
Pop up stall/ information stand Raveloe restaurant @ George Eliot Hospital  Every day except Wednesday For everyone
Tell It To The Bees (Dying Matters) with Pyn Stockman and Kate Luxmoore. Performance Storytelling and Live Original Music Nuneaton Library Wednesday 8th May Tell It To The Bees event
Coventry What? Where? When? For whom?/ Audience
Pop up stall /information stand UHCW  Thursday 9th May 2024   
Conversation café: “Before I Die I Want To…”: a conversation café about living, dying and how we talk about it.  Faith Centre UHCW  Thursday 9th May
11:30-13:30
Conversation café tickets
Rugby What? Where? When? For whom?/ Audience
Conversation café: “Before I Die I Want To…”: a conversation café about living, dying and how we talk about it. St Andrew’s Church in Rugby 1st May 10:30-11:45 Local Community welcome
Talk and tour event  Myton Rugby Hub Tuesday 7th May 2024 at 10am For everyone
Compassionate Communities  Rugby Town Centre Tuesday 7th May 2024: Morning  For everyone
 
Tell It To The Bees (Dying Matters) with Pyn Stockman and Kate Luxmoore. Performance Storytelling and Live Original Music Rugby Library Friday 10th May Tell It To The Bees event

 

Dead Good Death Festival 2024 – A weekend of events to explore life and death 3rd - 5th May 

Tell it to the Bees by Pyn Stockman Tell it to the Bees - Historic Coventry Trust 3rd May 2024 7.30pm  Ticketed event
Talks in the Anglican Chapel, 
Stalls under the stretch tent 
Workshops during the day. 
Walking tours of the cemetery.
Dead Good Death Festival - Historic Coventry Trust 4th May 2024 Drop in
Yoga for Grief  Yoga for grief at Anglican Chapel - Historic Coventry Trust Sunday 5th May  Ticketed event
The Dead Good Death Café Dead Good Death Café - Historic Coventry Trust Sunday 5th May 12pm-2pm All Welcome

 

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