Dying Matters Awareness week 14 - 18 May 2018.

At Woking & Sam Beare Hospices we understand the importance of  talking about dying, death and bereavement and planning ahead for those with life limiting illnesses and those close to them.

We also know that many people find talking about dying hard to do, they worry about saying the wrong thing, feel unsure about how they can offer support or even how to start a conversation.

It may not be easy but it could be one of the most important conversations you have.

One of the focuses of the week is teaching about death in schools and how to talk to children about death. At the hospice we provide support to children and young people with our HUB programme [Helping Understand Bereavement], Tommy D Project for young people under 18 and Footsteps for children under 12.

We are also for the first time this year working with a local secondary school on a twinning project, which will conclude by offering the students work experience at the hospice.

You can find out more about our support for Children and Young Adults here

Information you may find helpful

The Big Conversation

Talking to Children about dying

Starting the conversation if someone close to you is dying

Five things to do before I die

What to do and say when someone has been bereaved

How to help someone who has been bereaved

Myth busting getting the facts right about death and dying