None of us likes to think about death, but talking about it won’t make it happen.
Reading is marking Dying Matters Week 2022 by hosting a series of events and asking residents to talk more openly about dying, grief, bereavement and planning ahead.
Dying Matters Week is about helping residents to plan ahead and think about their wishes. This can include things like being in the best place possible when you die and planning; how and where you will die; who you would like with you; and what care and support you would like in place.
A number of local organisations are working together to support Dying Matters Week in Reading this year, which concludes on Friday 6 May with an Information and Advice Pop-up event on Broad Street from 11am-4pm. Representatives from Sue Ryder, Healthwatch Reading, Blandy and Blandy Solicitors, Reading Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing Team and the Hospital Palliative Care Team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital will be available to discuss topics relating to death, dying and bereavement - to help you and your loved ones explore what a ‘good place’ might look like.
Events during the week include; coping with grief workshops from Compass Recovery College, walks with Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, an open morning at Reading Crematorium, financial planning with Goodall Smith Wealth Management and Dexter Montague Solicitors and funeral planning information from Miles and Daughters.