The way we talk about Dying Matters, says Waldrons Solicitors during "Dying Matters Awareness Week"

Friday 3rd May 2024

This coming week sees us participate in Dying Matters Awareness Week which is running from 6th -12th May 2024. We are encouraging our local communities to get talking about death, dying and grief in whatever way, shape or form works for them.

The national campaign works to open up conversations around death and dying. This year’s theme focuses on the language that we use, and conversations we have, around death and dying with healthcare professionals.

We’ve been invited to join the Dudley Group NHS Charity and the Palliative Care Team who are spending a couple of days at a display stand in Russells Hall Hospital to promote this initiative. Part of this would be talking to people about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, which is where one of our specialists, Morgan Martin-Booth will be on hand to assist. She will be at the stand in the following locations:

  • 8th May on the C-floor from 09.30 – 11.30
  • 9th May in South Block education centre 09.30 – 11.30

NB The stand will be there until 2pm on both days.

She will offer guidance and assistance to anyone asking about getting ‘your affairs in order’ or as we generally say ‘getting your ducks in a row’ and have literature available for people to take away with them.

Morgan says “I’m really pleased that we’re part of this campaign and looking forward to meeting members of the community. I plan to help individuals talk freely about these matters of real sensitivity. Waldrons are encouraging my colleagues to start talking about Dying Matters aswell so I will be inviting them to join me in the office to enjoy a ‘coffee and biscuit break’ whilst offering them the same literature and guidance”.

Ruby Wroe, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer at Hospice UK said:

“Honest, timely discussions about death and dying are so important, they can transform the end of someone’s life and give family and friends clarity over what to expect. This Dying Matters Awareness Week, we’re starting conversations about the language we use to talk about death and dying, and why it matters.

Whether it’s with healthcare professionals, family, friends, or colleagues, we’re encouraging everyone to have these important conversations and to think about the words we use to have them. We hope that speaking honestly about death means that people get the information and support they need, when they need it.”

Events are taking place across the UK throughout the week. For more information, you can visit our website or the Dying Matters website

Dying Matters is Hospice UK’s flagship campaign. It aims to create an open culture that talks about death and where people feel able to listen and support people who are planning for end of life, those who are dying and bereaved people.


@Dudley Group NHS Charity