Leeds set to hold series of dying-focused events as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week

The week is designed to encourage communities to discuss death and Kirkgate Market will host the main event on Thursday May 5 from 10am-3pm.

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“We need to draw people’s attention to the fact that this is real grief”

There will be several information booths that attendees can visit to receive advice on many aspects of death, such as wills, estate planning, enduring powers of attorney and end-of-life planning, while it is also possible to decorate a cardboard coffin.

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Leeds will host a series of events throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week. Credit: Gary Longbottom

Music will be provided by a jazz band from New Orleans and a gospel choir, and those who attend will be able to sing along.

Leeds City Council‘s director of public health, Victoria Eaton, said: ‘It’s a subject most people don’t want to talk about until it’s too late or they’re forced on them. . Dying Matters Awareness Week is a great opportunity to start the conversation about dying and encourage people to start planning earlier, so they’re more likely to get the end of life they want. . »

The theme for this year’s Dying Matters awareness week is ‘in a good place to die’, as according to figures provided by Leeds City Council, 28% of people who died in the UK in 2020 did so at home.

A total of six events will take place over three weekdays, with the first taking place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Local artist Ellie Harrison will lead a workshop on supporting older people who have lost loved ones in Bramley, and there will be an organized walk in Horsforth on the same day during which participants can meet and then enjoy refreshments at the Cafe Yoga.

On the same day as the event at Kirkgate Market, there will be a Q&A session led by lawyers in Moortown for those seeking information in a relaxed and informal setting.

Friday 6th May will host the last two events of the week, the first of which will be a talk by a representative from Hospice St Gemma on end-of-life care, the hospice movement and their outreach services.

The second event on the final day is to share songs that hold special memories, perhaps of a loved one, in Harehills.


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