Dying Matters Awareness Week is running from 8th - 14th May and this yearly campaign aims to get people talking about death and dying to try and combat some of the taboos around the subject. 

This year the focus is on 'What Can You Do?'

Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life, and can help you to support loved ones.

With an ageing population and people living for longer with life-limiting illnesses, discussing dying is increasingly important. If you don’t talk to your loved ones about their wishes you may be risking leaving it too late. 

There are many things to consider when thinking about what we want for the end of lives: writing your will, recording your funeral wishes, planning future care and support, and considering organ donation, among many others.

This year, St. Margaret's Hospice hopes to play a role and encourage discussion surrounding death by asking people to consider what personal messages they may like to leave those close to them. An Emotional Will can help with this and ensure nothing is left unsaid. As a hospice, we know how important it is to talk about this subject, and how important it is to plan for end of life.

If you would like to take part, you can download a template for our Emotional Will here. You could print more than one to leave for different people, or you could just use this example to inspire you to create your own. 

We’d love for you to get involved – share your thoughts with us over social media and let us know what you think about an ‘Emotional Will’ and, if you feel comfortable doing so, what yours might include.

We'll also be asking St. Margaret's staff to consider some of their messages to loved ones, which you'll be able to read here too.

Lisa Price, St. Margaret's Director of People and Organisational Development, shared her thoughts for an 'Emotional Will' - read more here.

Clare Gallie, St. Margaret's Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, also shared her thoughts - read more here.