The event will take place on Wednesday 10th May run by the charities Advocacy Focus, Age UK Lancashire and Compassion in Dying for Dying Matters Awareness Week. It aims to raise public awareness of the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and of making your wishes known.

Maureen Singleton, Independent Advocate at Advocacy Focus explained, “Talking about death and dying can be very difficult and sensitive and many of us avoid doing so whether we are ill or in full health. As an Advocate, I visit many older individuals who tell me that they wish they had thought about their wishes sooner and communicated them to family, friends or by nominating a power of attorney. Through supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week, we are encouraging everyone to start to think and talk openly about their wishes for what they would want in the event of their death or of becoming unable to make decisions for themselves.”

The event which is part of the Make It Your Decision tour will take place on Wednesday, 10th May at 12.30pm-3pm in Asda (Community Room) Colne, Unit 1, Swinden Retail Park, Corporation Street, Colne BB8 8LU.

We invite anyone curious to drop-in for a coffee and find out more from trained Compassion in Dying staff about how you can plan ahead for your future care and treatment. The event also allows you to find out what services and support are available to you from Age UK Lancashire and to understand how an Independent Advocate can help you in the future wwhen you perhaps can’t speak for yourself and have important decisions to make about where to live and whether you should have serious medical treatment.

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Further information designed to help everyone, whatever their situation, to begin conversations about end of life issues can be found on