The 16th to 22nd May 2011 marks Dying Matters Week. The campaign aims to encourage people to talk about death and dying to ensure that when the time comes, people are allowed to die well and in accordance with their wishes.
The Dying Matters Coalition has produced various resources to assist discussions about death, in line with this year’s theme, “Why Dying Matters To Me”.
It is important that families discuss dying and people speak about their preferences, not only for after death but for end of life care as well. Macmillan Cancer Support are campaigning for 24/7 community nursing care that would allow people with terminal conditions, such as mesothelioma, to choose what end of life care they receive and give the option to die at home.