Dying Matters

Are We Ready? 

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 – 19 May 2019) was ‘Are We Ready’, and looks at the practical and emotional steps we all need to take to be ready for the end of our lives. 

The ‘Are We Ready’ campaign aims to encourage people to become more comfortable talking about death and grief, and to sort out the practical issues about their own death: funeral plans, wills, organ donation, and end of life care. Above all, it wants people to discuss and share these plans so that the right information is available at the right time. For more information, see www.dyingmatters.org 

Did you know… 

There is no legal obligation to use a funeral director? 

You can take charge of some, or all, of the funeral arrangements yourself. 

You don’t need to have traditional hymns at a funeral? 

Frank Sinatra’s My Way and Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life are two of the most popular choices. 

That you don’t have to use a black traditional hearse? 

You can use any vehicle, even a family estate car. 

You can write your own Eulogy? 

You could let your friends and family know what you were really like. 

You don’t have to use a traditional wooden coffin? 

The options are endless; willow, bamboo, cardboard, a shroud or you can even make or decorate the coffin yourself.