Did you know this week is Dying Matters Awareness week? This campaign aims to provide the opportunity to talk about dying, death, bereavement, and making plans for the end of life. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Conversation’.
I’ve had ‘The big conversation?’ After my Mum had been very ill and miraculously recovered (honestly the medical staff couldn’t believe it) we were talking about how ill she had been. The conversation turned to funerals, and I asked Mum if she would be cremated or buried, after a short pause she said cremated. She then added, we are running out of burial land and if coffins were interred vertically you could end up upside down forever, we then burst out laughing and that was that.
So years later when she did die, I knew she wanted to be cremated and her ashes scattered on the rose garden.
Dying Matters is a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
Write your will
Record your funeral wishes
Plan your future care and support
Consider registering as an organ donor
Tell your loved ones your wishes
Join the twitter chat and ask any questions you have
It’s a hard conversation to have but you may find the right moment as we did, and we were glad to have had it.
I also asked her if she realised how ill she had been, she said yes, but I wasn’t ready to leave you kids.
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