Hatch Brenner Solicitors has teamed up with a new group in Wymondham who have formed to raise awareness of end-of-life issues. Two Partners from the firm will be making a presentation about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney at a performance evening on Monday 8 May to kick start Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017.
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is behind Dying Matters and every year designates a week in May for people across the country to hold events encouraging all of us to talk about death and dying, with people close to us, with friends, in our places of work and within our communities.
The planned performance evening: ‘Are you ready for it?’, is being staged at The Tiffey Room, Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham from 7pm. To start the evening there will be a short play reading, followed by the presentation from Hatch Brenner Private Client experts Managing Partner Dawn Parkes and Partner Caroline Billings. After refreshments, there will be a Q&A session with a solicitor, civil celebrant and a representative from Colney Woodland Burial Park on the panel. The evening will end with another short play reading.
Rachelle Wolfe, Founder of the new Dying Matters Wymondham Group commented: “I am pleased to be working with Hatch Brenner in starting the events of Dying Matters Week 2017 with a presentation evening in Wymondham. The event is free and open to members of the public to come along. We hope it will be a different and interesting way to encourage people to be more open about the issues surrounding the end-of-life. The one thing that is certain when we are born is that we shall all die at some point. What really makes sense, given that we cannot know our futures and when we might have an accident or contract a terminal condition, is to make preparation.”
Dawn Parkes, Managing Partner and Private Client Solicitor at Hatch Brenner added: “We are happy to be supporting the Dying Matters Group in Wymondham by presenting at the event on 8 May. It is always staggering how few people have made basic provisions for their own end-of-life particularly having a valid will. Without one, your estate will ultimately be divided as the law provides, which may not be in the way you would have chosen.”
Rachelle added: “The theme for Dying Matters Week this year is ‘What can you do?’. We all need to look at the fundamentals – have we made a will, considered organ donation, made Lasting Power of Attorney Documents, got our finances in order…? We all need to talk to people in our lives about our wishes if we get seriously ill, and what happens at and after death. These are not morbid conversations; it won’t bring dying any closer but just brings into focus what you would want to happen. All of us, as responsible adults, need to have looked at these practical issues before we lose capacity. Then we can get on with life and just review our decisions every five years or so.”
One of the plays which will be performed at the event has been written by local playwright Tony Vale. Tony commented: “I have written a piece entitled ‘About Time’ which will be performed at the start of the event on 8 May. It is a tongue in cheek drama which we hope will prove to be a good icebreaker to the issues we will be exploring throughout Dying Matters Week.”
During May there will be several events in Wymondham, Norwich and the wider region providing, information, the chance to talk and discussion group meetings with speakers on relevant topics in the months that follow.
For more information contact: Rachelle Wolfe on 01953 856127 or Rachelle.Wolfe@gmail.com
For further information about Dying Matters, visit www.dyingmatters.org. Dying Matters Awareness Week is 8 to 14 May 2017.