LGB&T Partnership joins forces with Dying Matters

22 April 2014
The National LGB&T Partnership are joining forces with the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage and support people from lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) communities to talk openly about end of life issues in the run-up to Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Members of the National LGB&T Partnership are actively highlighting to people they work with how they can get involved with Dying Matters Awareness Week, as well as the practical steps that individuals can take to make their end of life wishes known.

The National LGB&T Partnership logoDying Matters Awareness Week takes place from 12-18 May and the theme for this year is 'You only die once', or #YODO for Twitter. During the week, Dying Matters will be encouraging people to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and those close to them. These are: write your will; record your funeral wishes; plan your future care and support; consider registering as an organ donor; tell your loved ones your wishes.

Sian Payne of the National LGB&T Partnership commented: “We’re delighted to collaborate with the Dying Matters Coalition. We can often be afraid of talking about dying, but raising awareness of these issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities is vital to improving our end of life experience.

"Something as simple as having a conversation ensures that your personal wishes are known before you die and can offer some reassurance, for both the individual concerned and their loved ones. We encourage everyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans* to start these conversations and make sure Dying Matters to them.”

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, added: “Every minute someone in Britain dies but many people still feel uncomfortable facing up to their own mortality and discussing end of life issues. Although not always easy, talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests. That’s why we’re so pleased to be working with the National LGB&T Partnership, in order to ensure as many people as possible from lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities feel able and supported to make their wishes known.”

 The collaboration between Dying Matters and the LGB&T Partnership follows studies including ‘Open to All’, which found that many LGB&T people do not feel that end of life care services are open to them and fear that they will face discrimination and a lack of understanding from health and social care providers when they are dying.

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