When I find myself in times of trouble – how Dying Matters can help

Staff and patients at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

When you first find out that someone is bereaved it’s hard to know what to say, do you ask them how they are? Do you say anything at all or just ignore it?  Dying Matters week is also about finding out how you can help friends, family and community when affected by death and loss.

At Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice the Family Support team support patients and their friends and family through illness and bereavement. Christine Ellis, Head of the team, talks about how we can all help during these difficult times Continue reading

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Helping people live until the very last moment – Dying Matters

One of the themes of this year’s Dying Matters week (8-14 May) is what can you do for your friends and for your community.  Obviously being there as a support – emotionally and practically – is a big yes.  But what if your wish to help ran deeper, what else can you do?  Have you ever heard of Doulas?

Jane Robinson, Manager of Leeds Bereavement Forum spoke to Aly Dickinson, End of Life Doula at Living Well Dying Well about what being a Doula is all about. Continue reading

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Dying Matters – time to say goodbye, how to have a good funeral

Sarah helping with floral tributes

As Dying Matters week (8 May to 12 May) approaches we are encouraged to consider what we can do: for ourselves, our family, our friends and our community.

One answer is to think about funeral plans.

When you think about it funerals and weddings are similar, true it is an ending not a beginning, but both have family/friends gathering, a service, flowers, music, food and expense.  We are quite happy to consult wedding planners but funeral planning, understandably is an event most of us put off thinking about, but perhaps we should.

Ex-doctor Sarah Jones, discusses why she became a funeral director and what a good funeral means to her and could mean for you.   Continue reading

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I’ve planned my funeral my way – why Dying Matters









Making plans for your funeral is easy to put off. “Just put me in a bin bag and chuck me out with the rubbish” some people say but apart from the legal difficulties with that approach does it really help your friends and family sort it all out?

As Dying Matters week (8 May to 12 May) approaches funeral planning is just one of the things we are encouraged to think about as part of what we can do: for ourselves, our family, our friends and our community.

“I know many people who avoid talking about death, dying and funerals; I’ve never been one of those people.  There’s only one thing sure in life, and that is that is that we’re all going to die. ” Grace Kelly, Public Health Resource Centre administrator, reveals why she, and her husband, Richard, have already made their funeral plans. Continue reading

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Why life is like a box of chocolates, and Leeds Dying Matters week!

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Craig and children Why should you read this? Because you never know what curveballs life will thow at you, expect the unexpected as the saying goes and as Dying Matters Week (8…

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Caring about caring – better services, new ways of working

InspiringChange_12Apr_0122In Leeds we are committed to making that sure care users and their loved ones can be confident their care is both sustainable and high quality.

Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council executive member for health, wellbeing and adults highlights how Leeds is seeking to ensure this.

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Linking up across the city to improve community health

H&WB Icons3The Civic Hall recently hosted a gathering of like minds and committed partners who are part of ‘Better Together’.

With an underpinning commitment to building ‘Healthy Communities and Healthy Lives’, Better Together is the name of the new locality community health development and improvement service for Leeds.

Better Together service providers will link with other local partners  to improve health and reduce health inequality by targeting and focusing support on individuals and groups living in the ten per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in the city. Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, tells us more… Continue reading

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