Hospice launches Make a Will month as part of Dying Matters Week

We all understand that death and dying can be a hard subject to talk, or even think, about.  Dying Matters Week aims to highlight the importance of bringing these topics into the open.

“There are so many decisions to be made at the end of life, and having these conversations with loved ones before this time is often much easier,” says Ann Kenny, Bereavement Lead at Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Conversations could include where you would prefer to spend your final days – the past year has seen 1,000 additional people dying in their homes every week, compared to pre-pandemic. And research suggests that in the future, the number of deaths in homes will increase by almost 90%.

They could include what kind of funeral you want – going through the planning process together can be incredibly important for both you and your family. A funeral is a way to honour, reflect and celebrate a life, and is a vital part of the grieving process for loved ones. It gives you the chance to make your own wishes known and can be a source of great comfort for your families knowing they have arranged the end of life you had planned for.

And making a Will enables you to say what happens to everything that you own after you have died. If your children are under 18, it can also ensure that they are properly cared for. Without a legal Will, your wishes are unprotected and the law decides how your money, possessions and property are divided.

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity have joined together with local solicitors to launch Make A Will Month which will run throughout June.

BWK Solicitors in Aylesbury and Spratt Endicott Solicitors in Buckingham are offering Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity supporters the opportunity to write a new Will, or update a current Will, at no charge. Instead, people will be encouraged to make a donation to the Charity in lieu of the usual charges – all the solicitors are donating their time and advice to the Charity for free.

Find out how to make your appointment at fnhospice.org.uk/make-a-will-month