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Staff lead the conversation on why 'Dying Matters'

Staff at Central Manchester Hospitals took part in an awareness procession this Thursday to promote the Dying Matters initiative among the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.

A horse drawn carriage, which carried a coffin displaying the LGBT rainbow flag colours, led a walk to Canal Street where end-of-life and palliative care teams spoke to passers by about dying, death and bereavement. The event was organised by the palliative, bereavement, organ and tissue donation and chaplaincy teams within the Trust in collaboration with the Lesbian and Gay Foundation.

Dying Matters

The walk is one of many awareness events that took place at Central Manchester Hospitals over the course of Dying Matters Week to encourage a change in attitude in talking about dying, death and bereavement. The team asked visitors to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones. These are:

  • Write your will
  • Record your funeral wishes
  • Plan your future care and support
  • Consider registering as an organ donor
  • Tell your loved ones your wishes

You can find out more about Dying Matters here: http://dyingmatters.org/