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Dying Matters comes to Lambeth

There are a range of free events and workshops in Lambeth as part of the nationwide annual Dying Matters Awareness Week, which this year runs from 14 -18 May.

During the week there will be information stalls in local hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies, several Death Cafés, an information event about end of life care options, a theatre performance and even a meditation session.

The goal is to create friendly spaces for people to discuss and ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making an advance care plan, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

These events are amongst hundreds taking place across England for Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 14-18 May. For more information about the events in Lambeth, see www.healthwatchlambeth.org.uk/advancecareplanning

During the week, the consortium will be promoting end of life care options and some key tools that people can use to record their wishes, such as advance statements, advance decisions and appointing a lasting power of attorney for health and welfare.

A nurse working in Lambeth said:

"Advance care planning is more than planning for the end of life. In fact it's planning for life rather than death. For example, if I sustained a brain injury or developed dementia, I may have many years when I can't make decisions but have lots of life to live. That's where a lasting power of attorney or advance statement is going to be really useful."

Carol from Tulse Hill said:

"My husband and I went online and did our lasting power of attorney and wills together. We were prompted by my brother who had already done it. We feel prepared. It's best to sort it out, then you can put it to the back of your mind, knowing it's all in order."

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week, and the events on across the country, visit www.dyingmatters.org/page/map-awareness-week-events-2018.