People urged to talk about death at Norwich event

Carol Bundock writes her 'Before I Die' aspiration on the board on the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliativ

Carol Bundock writes her 'Before I Die' aspiration on the board on the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy stand at the Later Life Show. With her is Sue Spooner, part of the Be Ready For It campaign. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

People from across Norfolk will be encouraged to plan for their future and speak openly to their loved ones about death at an event in Norwich.

Organised by Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy, the 'be ready for it' drop in event at the Forum on Wednesday has been arranged to tie in with national Dying Matters awareness week.

The free drop in event runs from 10am to 3pm.

During the day, visitors will be able to share their aspirations by completing the sentence 'before I die, I want to….' on a special graffiti wall, to encouraging them to think about what really matters to them.

Norwich artist Malca Schotten will exhibit a collection of her paintings, called 'I'm not dead yet', which explore society's perception of older people, and will also be on hand to talk about her work.

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In addition, around 20 different organisations will be showcasing their services at the event, including Big C, Nelson's Journey, Age UK, Colney Woodland Burials, the Death Café, Norfolk CALM (Counselling and Learning Matrix), Cruse Bereavement Care, Healthwatch and Eastern Organ Donation.

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