It's sometimes hard knowing where to start...

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017, we are asking: What can you do?

Dying Matters has created advice and guidance to give you a helping hand, if you're thinking of starting conversations about end-of-life care... whether you need to, or because you want to be prepared.

They suggest taking it one step at a time, as it can be overwhelming. So here's what they suggest you can you do...

For yourself:

  • Make a will
  • Plan your funeral
  • Consider organ donation
  • Tell the people who need to know
  • Decide your future care wishes
  • Get your finances in order
  • Make a plan for your digital legacy; what happens to all those online memories?

For the people close to you:

  • Talk about your wishes
  • Encourage them to decide about their wishes too
  • Support your loved ones when they are ready to talk

For your friends:

  • Help a friend dealing with bereavement by offering them your company.
  • Meet for a drink, offer a lift or help around the house.
  • Don't wait to be asked

For your community:

  • Volunteer work
  • Fetch shopping
  • Cook a meal
  • Help with laundry or cleaning

Dying Matters says: "This can seem a lot, so take it in steps. Many people start thinking about their funeral or making a will, and then do the rest. Once it's done, you don't have to worry about it. 

"Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing - 'I don't know what to say' is better than an awkward silence.

"These things mean a lot."

What do you think? How have you helped yourself or others? Post a comment on Facebook or Twitter during Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs until May 14.

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