Don’t leave it unsaid says poet Ian McMillan as part of the Dying Matters in Leeds Big Conversation

Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan

‘I’m happy to support this campaign because dying is part of everyday life, and the more we talk about it the less scary it gets; and I’ve made a will because then my loved ones will have one less thing to think about when I’ve gone.’ Ian McMillan @IMcMillan

Don’t leave it unsaid; tell your loved ones your wishes; get the ‘Big Conversation’ started. It may be hard but worth it.  As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week in Leeds Ian McMillan, poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster, was commissioned to write a poem to raise awareness.

Various events are taking place throughout Leeds to help people get involved with the Big Conversation.

Dying Matters in Leeds week events

Dying Matters in Leeds week events

There’s certainly a lot to get involved with – why don’t you let us know what you did and what plans you’ve put in place, tell us your story.

 

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2 Responses to Don’t leave it unsaid says poet Ian McMillan as part of the Dying Matters in Leeds Big Conversation

  1. Tim Sanders says:

    Clive James, who is getting slightly embarrassed but not unhappy about how long his final illness is taking, has a poem called “Procedure For Disposal” in his collection from last year, “Sentenced To Life”. He is from Sydney but his illness has stopped him from visiting home one last time. The poem ends…

    Then send my ashes home, where they can fall
    In their own sweet time from the harbour wall

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