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Join us for Dying Matters Awareness Week

People across Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield are being invited to join activities organised by John Taylor Hospice.

People across Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield are being invited to join activities organised by John Taylor Hospice.

The hospice is holding an Every Moment Matters Café, taking ‘Before I die…’ boards into the community, staffing information stands at local hospitals and taking part in a week-long festival at mac (Midlands Arts Centre) in Cannon Hill Park.

All the events aim to encourage people from different walks of life to engage in conversations about death and dying as part of the national Dying Matters Awareness Week campaign which runs between 8-14 May.

Hospice Head of Brand and Media Diane Parkes said: “The message of Dying Matters Awareness Week is that the more we have honest conversations about death and dying, the more we can share our hopes and make plans with our loved ones. Knowing the choices and preferences about such issues as whether you would prefer to die at home and whether your funeral is pre-planned can help your family and friends as they support you at end of life.”

John Taylor Hospice has joined with Age Concern Birmingham’s Jubilee Citizens UK project to hold an Every Moment Matters Café in which visitors will be asked to share special moments in their lives and moments they would like to be remembered for.

Taking place at the Age Concern Café in Boldmere’s High Street on Wednesday 10 May between 11am and 3pm, people are invited to drop in at any time for coffee, cake and compelling conversation.

Kelly Hodgson, Senior Support Worker at Jubilee Citizens UK, part of Age Concern Birmingham, said: “Our Boldmere café is a wonderful space for people to come together to share drinks and also share their thoughts about their lives and the moments which make life so special. We’d love as many people as possible to stop by and join our Every Moment Matters Café.”

The hospice will also be asking people to write their dreams, hopes and wishes on a ‘Before I die…’ board which will be hosted by Erdington Library during Dying Matters Awareness Week from 8 to 13 May.

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