People in Staffordshire and Cheshire are being urged to think, talk about and take action to prepare for death.
As part of Dying Matters Week, events are taking place to get conversations started about wishes for end of life care and after death.
This year, the theme is "What Can You Do?", and aims to think about preparing for dying and bereavement, and supporting those who are facing bereavement.
A 'Before I Die' board is at the Royal Stoke University Hospital today (8 May) and will be in Tontine Square in Hanley on Sunday (13 May), on which people can write down what they want to do before the end of their life.
An information event is talking place at East Cheshire Hospice in Macclesfield on Tuesday (9 May), hosted by Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership. They are also holding a 'Live for Today, Plan for Tomorrow' Workshop at Winterley Grange in Sandbach on Wednesday afternoon (10 May) covering powers of attorney, wills, probate and care fees.
UHNM Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team are holding a conference on Wednesday (10 May) for 300 healthcare professionals to get advice on how to talk to patients about the issue, and put plans in place so that their wishes are carried out.
Michelle Baskerville and Kevin Chesters from the Douglas Macmillan Hospice’s Advance Care Planning Service will be hosting workshops at the Community Fire Stations in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle during to talk about the benefits of planning for the future and for end of life, and how to share preferences and wishes with those who care for you:
- Hanley Community Fire Station, Wednesday 10th May - 10.30am-12:30pm
- Newcastle under Lyme Community Fire Station, Wednesday 10th May - 2:30pm-4:30pm
- Sandyford Community Fire Station, Friday 12th May - 10.30am-12.30 pm
- Longton Community Fire Station, Friday 12th May - 2.30pm-4.30 pm