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Cancer Support Centre Calls on Community to Talk About Dying

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Lawyers from the Private Client Team at hlw Keeble Hawson LLP will be taking part in ‘tea with a solicitor’ to be held by the Cancer Support Centre on Monday 13th May, in order to raise awareness of Wills and lasting powers of attorney.

Cancer Support Centre LogoThe event is part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2013), which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 is ‘Be ready for it’, an action-focused call aimed at encouraging members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

The five steps are:

  1. Make a will
  2. Record your funeral wishes
  3. Plan your future care and support
  4. Register as an organ donor
  5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

On Monday 13th May in the afternoon (1.00pm – 4.00pm) there will be the opportunity to think through the above five steps. Lawyers from the firm will be on hand free of charge to discuss the legal aspects of Wills and Powers of Attorney. Anyone who feels that these issues are relevant to them is welcome to attend; the Cancer Support Centre is based behind the car park at:

Weston Park Hospital
23 Northumberland Road,
S10 2TX

The Centre Manager, Karen Holmes, of the Cancer Support Centre said: “only too often we wait until an illness hits a family to discuss the issues around death. It is easier to talk about what we want and plans for the future when we are not stressed. It should be a conversation that ensures our loved ones know what we want.”

Alex Guy, Associate in the Private Client Team who will be attending to provide free consultations, said “hlw Keeble Hawson are delighted to continue to offer our help to the Cancer Support Centre who provide a vital service to individuals and their families who are facing the challenges of a diagnosis of cancer”.

Cancer Support Centre is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

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