Health staff encourage people to be more open when talking about death

NHS STAFF supporting people in Derbyshire when making difficult decisions about dying and death have staged a campaign aimed at encouraging more open conversations about the taboo subject.

During Dying Matters Awareness Week, which ended on Sunday, May 22, saw care home educators from NHS Derbyshire County will be displaying information and staging events at sites across the county.

Patients and staff were able to anonymously post suggestions about their final wishes, including how they would most like to die and what their five songs of choice at their funeral would be.

Michelle Binnion, Macmillan End of Life Care Homes Educator for NHS Derbyshire, said: “Talking about and preparing for death is something that many people find incredibly difficult – yet when the time comes there can be an enormous sense of relief and comfort from knowing simple things like a relative’s final wishes.”