SHG members at Dying Matters Awareness Week

Shropshire Humanist Group members took part in the Dying Matters Awareness Week in May.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is organised to encourage people to think and talk openly about death and dying and about being prepared for their own deaths.

This year in Telford the Community Health Team and in Shrewsbury the local Hospice organised stalls in shopping areas with information on various subjects: the work of the Samaritans, the making of wills, making a bucket list, palliative care options, and the stalls were manned by volunteers from various organisations.

Sue Falder and Simon Nightingale, both celebrants belonging to the Shropshire Humanist Group, displayed information about humanist funerals and talked to passers-by about the aims of the week. Some people superstitiously felt that to talk about death was to bring it on. Others were well ahead with their preparations, wills written, funeral instructions done. Still others spoke movingly about their own experience of illness and dying in members of their family.

The picture shows some of those at the Telford stall on 12 May. Sue Falder is on the right.

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