Dying Matters aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Awareness week takes place annually and this year, 5th-14th May, Leicester Cathedral is hosting an exhibition – ‘Continuing Bonds’ – which explores how thinking about the past can open up conversations about dying, death and bereavement today. The Continuing Bonds Project is a collaboration between palliative care and Archaeology at LOROS hospice and Bradford University. They have been using archaeological materials in workshops with health care students and professionals to see if this helps people engage in conversations about dying and death. This exhibition is using similar materials to see if a public audience finds this a useful way to engage in this important subject.
Helping people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life will involve a fundamental change in society in which dying, death and bereavement will be seen and accepted as the natural part of everybody’s life cycle. Changes in the way society views dying and death have impacted on the experience of people who are dying and bereaved. Our lack of openness has affected the quality and range of support and care services available to patients and families. It has also affected our ability to die where or how we would wish. Talking about dying makes it more likely that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’.
Opening times can be found by clicking on the poster below.