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Planning for the future

It’s not always easy to know how to talk about dying. Awkwardness, embarrassment and fear means we tend to shy away from connecting with those who are dying or those who are grieving. But when we don’t talk about what matters it can increase feelings of isolation, loneliness and distress.


This May, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw will be joining with organisations across the UK and taking part in Dying Matters Week. The national awareness week encourages people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, including where they want to die and their funeral plans with friends, family and loved ones.

Karen Durden, Hospice Legacy Manager explained,

“Talking about death, dying and bereavement is nothing to be scared about. During previous Dying Matters Week events we have had lots of wonderful conversations with members of the public about their wishes for the future, their favourite funeral songs and much more. You never know where the conversation will go when you ask if they have started to plan for the future.

“During this year’s Dying Matters Week, from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May, we will be hosting a range of events providing you with the opportunity to support the hospice and talk about your wishes for the future. A full list of events for Dying Matters Week will be announced over the coming weeks, but we hope to have something for everyone.”

Having meaningful conversations about what will happen at the end of life are important to have with your family. It also includes making a Will and getting your affairs in order which can provide peace of mind, knowing that everything is organised.

This spring Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are providing you with the opportunity to plan for the future by running our annual Make a Will Month campaign in April. Throughout the month the hospice, in partnership with local solicitors, is offering the local community the opportunity and time to talk about their Will and the future by offering reduced rate will making services.

In return for an affordable donation to the hospice, people will be able to write a professionally written Will during the month. A list of participating solicitors and more information can be found here.

Please Note: Due to the current coronavirus situation some participating solicitors will be able to accept Will writing instructions via phone, email or Skype if you are unable to attend an appointment in person. the solicitors will make future arrangements for signing and witnessing a Will at a later date.

Dying Matters Week: Due to the current coronavirus situation we are constantly reviewing our plans for Dying Matters Week. We will keep supporters up to date with our plans for the week via our website and social media pages.