As the saying goes there are only two things certain in life, ‘death’ and ‘taxes’, so with that in mind the local community came together recently at Irlam Steel Works Club to have lunch, browse information stalls and enjoy listening to local singers, as part of finding out more about “Dying Matters” week.
The week, which is a national event with activities across the country, encourages people to think about their last wishes and discuss them with their families and friends, along with issues such as organ donation and bereavement services.
The event was organised by the Irlam and Cadishead Health Improvement Service and partnership organisations including Macmillan and Age UK.
Debbie Kemp from the Health Improvement Service said “The local people that attended the event had a really positive attitude about talking over their wishes with loved ones. We will continue to raise awareness of this important work though out the community.”
At the event Margaret Dixon from Irlam gave an insight into her former job with B. Johnson Funeral Directors and the issues that can arise if people have not planned or considered their own wishes when the time comes. Margaret who worked their for eight years is passionate about people getting to leave their wills and requests which make it easier for families to respect their loved ones last wishes.
DYING MATTERS – In the picture are Ben Rydings from the Health Improvement Team, Margaret Dixon and Rizwana Ul-haq also from the Health Improvement Team.