Dying Matters event returns to Norfolk

The Lord Lieutenant's Palliative Care Forum is working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to host an information fair at The Forum in Norwich as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018.

This year’s event is due to take place on Tuesday 15th May between 10.00am - 2pm and will feature talks from St Joseph’s Hospice, the Cancer Alliance, Broadacres Care Home and Macmillan Cancer Support. There will also be over 20 stalls with a range of charities and organisations on hand to talk through any issues about death, from funeral options to advance care planning.

The “Death Café” will be returning for another year, offering a place for people to come together over a cup of tea and slice of cake to discuss death. It gives those involved a chance to share experiences, hopes and fears in a safe and supportive environment. There will also be an opportunity to discover how communities are working together to raise awareness of this important subject across Norfolk and Waveney.

The Lord Lieutenant's Palliative Care Forum and Macmillan Cancer Support are encouraging people to create an open dialogue and dispel the myths surrounding dying, death and bereavement.

Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk said: “We want to build on the success of previous events to continue to encourage discussions so that loved ones, friends and neighbours can make their wishes known. People should not be afraid to talk about dying.”

Rukshana Kapasi, Macmillan Strategic Partnership Manager explains: “Death and dying may still be a distressing subject for many, but that is why events like this one are so important in helping people overcome those barriers and access relevant information locally. We will have a stall in the atrium where our Cancer Information and Support Specialists will be offering guidance and lending a listening ear.”

Dying Matters is a rapidly growing national movement which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death. It seeks to open dialogue within families and their care professionals for people with any life-limiting condition.