Dying Matters Leicestershire and Rutland
The website www.dyingmattersleicestershireandrutland.com aims to support people through every stage of dying, death and bereavement by providing comprehensive information and by detailing contacts of the many health and care support services available across both counties.
The initiative was first piloted in Rutland at the end of 2020 and is led by Dr Sarah Furness, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland. Now, with support from the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, it has been expanded to support communities in Leicester City and Leicestershire as well as in Rutland.
The website helps people to start those difficult discussions with loved ones and highlights the importance of end-of-life planning, by putting key documents in place such as an Advance Care Plan and ReSPECT form, to ensure each person is able to have the best end of life possible.
The core focus of the initiative is on how to protect people's quality of life at every stage, whilst the website also addresses the many difficult questions on many people's minds, such as what to expect during the last days and how to prepare and support loved ones, including children, through loss.
Dying Matters in Rutland believes that no one should ever have to grieve alone or become isolated through grief and this is why great emphasis is also placed on helping those who are left behind. The website not only explains the practicalities and legalities of reporting a death and organising a funeral, but it lists a wide range of bereavement support organisations, including drop-in centres and organisations that provide religious and spiritual support.