Dying Matters in Sheffield
Dying Matters Awareness Week takes place annually in May and provides an opportunity to talk about dying, death and bereavement nationally.
This year, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is partnering up with St Lukes Hospice, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and the Theatre Delicatessen, to raise awareness with a range of events across the city from Monday 8th to Friday 12th May.
The theme of this year’s week is ‘What Can You Do?’ and aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement.
On Monday 8 May from 1pm-3pm in the RHH Medical School Café students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, are hosting a ‘Death Cafe’ to engage staff and the public in talking about death, dying and bereavement over coffee and cake. Various displays, activities and resources aim to encourage conversation about how we talk about and view death and dying – what is important and meaningful?
There will also be an event on Wednesday 10th May, at the NGH Medical Education Centre from 4.30pm – 7.00pm. A market place of informative stalls will be open from 4-30pm including chaplaincy, organ donation, Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Cancer Support Centre, solicitors and funeral directors and more.
At 5.30pm a health talk ‘We Are Not Immortal’ will be presented by professionals working in end of life care around the Trust, which explores dying and death.
Places for the talk can be booked by contacting Jane Pellegrina on 0114 2714322 or email Jane.Pellegrina@sth.nhs.uk.
There are many other free events available throughout the week, taking place in a variety of Sheffield locations. For further details and a full timetable of what’s on during the awareness week visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/dyingmatters