Free information on offer to help ensure dying wishes are met

Wrexham's largest law firm is to run free drop-in clinic sessions throughout next week to provide information that will help people prepare for death by making a dying plan.

The clinics, which will take place from 10am to 1pm, on Monday 12th May to Friday 16th May at the Grosvenor Road offices of GHP Legal, are being run as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Dying Matters Awareness Week is an initiative of the Dying Matters Coalition which was set up in 2009 by the National Council of Palliative Care to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

Emma Jacobs, a solicitor with GHP Legal, said: "The theme for this year's Dying Matters campaign is ‘You only die once', with a call to action for people to deal with their affairs whilst they are alive, to ensure that their affairs will be dealt with in the way they want them to be dealt with when they die.

"It is vital that people talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of their life whilst they still can, but as lawyers we understand better than most how difficult it is for a lot of people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

"Talking in the first instance to someone outside the family can, however, be a lot less stressful, which is why we decided to run these free drop-in sessions to help people deal with the important decisions and arrangements surrounding death.

"When making a dying plan there are essentially five main steps that you need to consider: Making a Will; recording your funeral wishes; planning for your future care and support; registering as an organ donor; and telling your loved ones of your wishes. The drop-in clinics will provide information about how to deal with all these things. "


Dying Matters

(From left: Stuart Duckett, Emma Jacobs, Penny Bomphrey, Pamela Whitley, John Marshall