Dying Matters Week

on Monday, 18 May 2015.

A series of events and activities are being held locally to celebrate and support National Dying Matters Awareness Week (18 to 24 May 2015) to encourage people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Dying Matters 3On Thursday 21 May at 2pm, the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting a ‘Dying Matters’ talk at the Forum 28 in Barrow in Furness, which is open to all Foundation Trust members and interested members of the public.

Gary Rycroft , Solicitor and Dying Matters and National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and CancerCare Trustee, is the key note speaker for the event. His talk will be themed around this year's Dying Matters theme of ‘Talk, Plan, Live’, and aims to help people take more control over their deaths so that they can better enjoy their lives.

After the presentations, there will be information stands where those that attend can find out about Organ and Tissue Donation, Hospice Services, Motor Neurone Disease society, Macmillan Cancer Support, Natural Burials, Dying Matters, and Bereavement Services offered at the Trust.

The talk will be light-hearted and a safe place for you to find out everything you always wanted to know about death and dying but never dared to ask!

If you would like to attend the ‘Dying Matters’ talk, please contact Heidi Bowron, Foundation Trust Officer, on 01229 404473, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To ensure the message dying matters bannergets far and wide, the Trust is also hosting a live Twitter Q&A chat. Led by a team of palliative care and bereavement specialists from the Trust and the community, the session will allow members of the public to ask questions about dying, from how to make your organ donation wishes known to your family, to what happens to your online profiles and social media when you die?

The Live Twitter Q&A chat will take place from 12pm - 1pm, on Wednesday 20 May 2015. Join the chat by tweeting your questions to @UHMBT with the hashtag #YODOQandA.

The specialist team from the Trust that will be answering queries from the public are: Joy Wharton, Lead Palliative Care Nurse, Carole Palmer, Bereavement Liaison Specialist Nurse and Ed Northey, Furness General Hospital Chaplain. The team will also be joined by Val Stangoe, Chief Executive of St Mary’s Hospice, Ulverston.