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Dying matters event aims to break down taboos.

Communities / Tue 13th May 2014 at 08:33am

parndonAN EVENT that aims to break down the barriers regarding attitudes to death is being held this week.

It will be held at the Latton Bush Centre in Southern Way, Harlow, on Friday (May 16), from 10.30am to 4pm.

Called “Breaking Down the Taboo”, it is the culmination of Dying Matters Week, which aims to change the public’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement.

The campaign is organised by the Dying Matters Coalition, which was set up in 2009 by the National Council for Palliative Care and now has more than 30,000 members throughout the country.

Groups from across west Essex will be taking part by offering advice and encouraging members of the public to talk about their wishes.

Tracy Reed, education facilitator for the South Essex Partnership Trust, which co-ordinates the local Dying Matters group, said: “It’s one certain thing in life that will affect us all and it is important that we all talk about our own wishes. This could be to do with the care we wish to receive, making a will, discussing our own funeral wishes and many other things.”

“It’s not quite the taboo subject it used to be and people openly plan and talk about their own wishes to their friends and family.”

The event, which will be opened by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, is open to the public as well as professionals from across west Essex. There is no charge to attend and free tea and coffee will be served all day.

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