Let’s talk openly about the end

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The Western Health, ‘Tech’ and Foyle Hospice are encouraging everyone to talk openly to their loved ones about their preferred wishes, instructions and plans in the event of their death.

John McGarvey, assistant director of Intermediate Care and Rehabilitation, Western Health and Social Care Trust said: “Although many people and families find it hard to talk about death, dying and bereavement it is a natural part of life and can happen at any time.

“It is extremely important to think about certain considerations relating to what you would like to happen in the period leading up to, and following your death.

“I would strongly urge the Western Trust community to talk to their loved ones about their wishes and preferences to avoid them going unfulfilled and to allow people to retain control, dignity and choice.

“It can provide great peace of mind for all concerned, and can leave the event of your death somewhat easier to deal with.”

Mr McGarvey continued: “Making a Will is the only way you can be sure your wishes are carried out, avoiding difficult decisions for your family. “By recording your funeral wishes you can save your family and friends the stress of making these tough choices.

“You don’t have to be ill or dying to think about what you would or wouldn’t want, so don’t be afraid to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life. You may want to talk to your family and health and care professionals about the care you would like to receive and the possibility of becoming and organ donor.”

For more information visit www.dyingmatters.org

As part of Dying Matter Awareness Week 2015, the Trust in partnership with the South West College and North West Regional Colleges and the Foyle Hospice are holding a number of public information events as follows –

LONDONDERRY: Wednesday 20 May - Altnagelvin Hospital from 11.30am – 2.30pm; Wednesday 20 May- Boots Foyleside from 11am – 1pm