Dying Matters: You only die once….

THAT’S the stark, but important message being given out by the VERVE Partnership group during national Dying Matters Week 12th – 18th May

The VERVE partnership group working to raise public awareness about planning and choices at End of Life, are holding a series of events across Basildon and Thurrock during “National Dying Matters” week, taking place this year between 12th to 18th May.
VERVE are keen to get the message out that ‘’ As we only die once we only get one chance to have our dying wishes met’’ – hence the theme of the fifth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week is ‘Dying Matters, You only die once’.

The aim of the week is to encouraging members of the public to get talking about their end of life and take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

These are:
Plan your future care and support
Consider registering as an organ donor
Write your will
Tell your loved ones your wishes
Record your funeral wishes

The local VERVE Partnership group come from a wide field of experience in these matters and include ;- St. Luke’s Hospice, Golden Charter, Essex Police, MIND, Age UK Essex, Essex County Council, Basildon + Thurrock University Hospital, Family Mosaic, St Francis Hospice, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Basildon+ Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, Healthwatch Thurrock, T Cribb & Sons, Macmillan Cancer Care, Thurrock CVS, Thurrock Cariads, North East London Foundation Trust and Alzheimer’s Society.

Information events are taking place as follows:-
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th May intu Lakeside Shopping Centre 10am to 10pm

For further information about events contact Penny Meadows (St. Luke’s Hospice) 01268 524973

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