Following on from the success of last year’s Good Death Café in Nuneaton, the organisers are taking the event on a tour of the area across Northern Warwickshire.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Myton Hospice, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group have come together for Dying Matters Awareness Week 8th– 14th May to encourage people to talk openly about the often taboo subject of death, dying and bereavement. At each event across the week local professionals will be on hand to provide helpful advice on the different services and businesses that can help us all prepare for end of life.

Kristy Clayton, Deputy Director of Nursing at Myton Hospices, said: “Many of us are unprepared for this life event or need support to help make arrangements for end of life for either ourselves or our loved ones.  The Good Death Café is designed to encourage members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for themselves and for their loved ones.

These are:

  • 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”

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Death cafés give us the opportunities to get past the barriers to talking about dying, and I hope lots of people take advantage of this. Although at first it can look like a gloomy conversation, putting our end life plans in place takes a weight off our minds, and lets us get on with living.”

The tour kicks off in Chariots Bar, Atherstone and ends in the Old Market Hall in Coleshill with tea, coffee and cake provided at each, opening 10.00am – 2.00pm. Find the one closest to you with the list below:

Tuesday 9th May – Atherstone –  Chariots Bar

Thursday 11th May – Polesworth, Tithe Barn

Friday 12th May – Bedworth, Civic Hall

Saturday 13th May – Coleshill, Old Market Hall

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is “What can you do?” and a friendly team of staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and to guide visitors throughout the day.

For further information regarding the Good Death Cafe, please call Kay Greene on 02476865217

For further information on the Dying Matters Coalition or events during Dying Matters Awareness Week, please call freephone 08000 214466 or email info@dyingmatters.org, or visit the website at www.dyingmatters.org