2020 was a year that seemed to be over shadowed by death and dying and although the UK and some other parts of the world are in a better place now, 2021 is not much better in places like India and Brazil.
Dying Matters has around 12,000 members, and are actively seeking those that are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around dying, death and bereavement. Crucially, they want people of all ages to be in a good place when they die – physically, emotionally and with the right care in place.
This year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from Monday 10 May to Sunday 16 May. The idea is to open up conversations about death, dying and bereavement. The focus this year is on the importance of being in a good place to die and how you and your loved ones can plan for the end of life. There are five aspects of being in a good place to die.
Physically. Where people die is changing. More people than ever are dying at home and the pandemic has seen this trend increase. Have you thought about this?
Emotionally. Have you had an open and honest conversation about dying, how it would affect you and your family and associated feelings and emotions?
Financially. Is there a will? Are their wishes clear and well understood? Have you given any thought to the funeral? Remember that at the moment there is a limit to how many people can attend a funeral or wake. Are finances, insurance policies and other matters in order?
Spiritually. Are they at peace with their family, friends and beliefs? Are there any last wishes, desires or tasks to complete?
Digitally. Has access to social media, online banking and other digital matters been thought about?
If you are struggling with any aspect of death, dying or loss then Hypnotherapy can be very useful in a number of ways. These can include reducing the symptoms of grief, helping to find a way to grieve that doesn’t overwhelm you, changing your perception of the loss, help for you to deal with feelings of (survivors) guilty or regret and empower you to reconnect to memories of the person without painful feelings or distress. If you are struggling with a loss or bereavement click here to contact me.