HEALTH bosses are encouraging people in Huddersfield to talk about their final wishes.
NHS Kirklees has joined the national Dying Matters Coalition.
The coalition was set up to raise public awareness around death and bereavement.
It aims to help make dying a natural part of life and change attitudes towards it.
Sheila Dilks, executive director of patient care and professions for NHS Kirklees, said: “Many people when supported to make decisions on death and dying feel a sense of relief and control at a time for themselves and their families.
“As professionals we need to support the process and help people achieve the death they want in the place they want and with the people they would like around them.”
Less than a third of people have discussed their final wishes and only 4% have written advance care plans.
The national coalition has members from organisations including the NHS, care homes, hospices, charities, schools, community groups and the funeral sector.
It is holding an awareness week from May 16-22, with the theme of ‘Why dying matters to me’.