Staff, visitors and patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough are being encouraged to add their wishes to a giant bucket list to mark Dying Matters Awareness Week (12-18 May 2014).
The hospital’s bereavement team is holding an all-day awareness event on Monday 12 May and will be encouraging people to pin up postcards stating one thing they would like to do before they die.
The light-hearted “to do” list will be displayed on a giant tree in the atrium at James Cook from 9am to 4pm to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. There will also be a range of stalls offering advice on everything from writing a will to becoming an organ donor.
This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week theme is ‘You only die once’, or #YODO, emphasising that we only get one chance to have our dying wishes met. Members of the public are being encouraged to take five simple steps:
- Write your will
- Record your funeral wishes
- Plan your future care and support
- Consider registering as an organ donor
- Tell your loved ones your wishes
Stands in the atrium will be manned by a range of experts including solicitors, funeral directors, organ donation nurses, hospital bereavement and registration services and the community specialist palliative care team. The trust’s dementia and learning disabilities teams will also be on hand to give out specialist advice.
Elizabeth Price, lead nurse for end of life care and bereavement at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We hope that the things to do before I die bucket list will get people talking about what is important to them and encourage them to share their wishes with their loved ones.
“Don’t leave it until it’s too late – if you have not made a will, told anyone your wishes or considered organ donation then come along to the atrium at James Cook on 12 May and find out everything you need to know.”
For more information visit the Dying Matters website.