Talking about death, dying and bereavement is a subject that many people find challenging for understandable reasons. This year is the eighth annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, providing an unique opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on people’s agendas. During Dying Matters Awareness Week, hundreds of related events are held across England and Wales, reaching thousands of people. The events are boosted by extensive media coverage, local, national and international.

This year, we ask What Can You Do? This aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community. This emphasises that people only get one chance to have their dying wishes met.

Campaigners say this is why it is vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life before it is too late.

For the first time, NHS North Kirklees CCG, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG, Locala CIC and Kirkwood Hospice have come together to host a series of events and activities across Kirklees along with raising awareness across different care settings.

Our local events include a “Coffee, Cake and Chat” event in Dewsbury, providing people with the opportunity to discuss their practical and personal wishes and have open conversations about how they have dealt with loss and bereavement.

The list of events are below:

  • Tues 9 May, 10am – 12.30pm, information stall at Queensgate Market, Huddersfield. Book your place here
  • Tues 9 May, 1pm – 4pm at Denby Dale Library/Kirkwood Hospice Café, Denby Dale, Kirkwood 30th Anniversary celebration and Dying Matters event. Book your place here
  • Thurs 11 May, 3pm – 5pm at Café Etienne, Unit 4 Empire House, Dewsbury – ‘Cake and a Chat’. Book your place here
  • Fri 12 May, 9.30am -12pm at The Hub, Kirkburton where in addition to a focus on Dying Matters there will also be information on arthritis, dementia and deafness. Book your place here

Locala staff will also be at the New Picture House 1st/2nd Floor, 30 Church Street, Dewsbury on Saturday 27 May from 3.45pm, before the 4.30pm showing of the film, ‘A Monster Calls’. Book your place here

For further information, have a look at the Dying Matters website here and look out on Twitter for #WhatCanYouDo