End of Life Matters is a Working Group based in the Isle of Man which is made up of representatives from various organisations including Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, Hospice Isle of Man, Kirk Braddan, and the Isle of Man Government Department of Health and Social Care. The Group is led by David Gawne.
The End of Life Matters initiative encourages everyone, regardless of age or health, to take simple steps to make their end of life experience better; for themselves and for their family and friends.
To coincide with the UK's Dying Matters Awareness Week which runs from 9-15 May, End of Life Matters launched a new booklet on 9 May entitled Putting Your House in Order. This booklet gives guidance on the things that should be considered and planned for at the end of your life. The free booklet will be available from many places around the Island, including Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man, Hospice Isle of Man and Kirk Braddan.
Cruse have also launched a companion booklet entitled My End of Life Plan. This booklet can be completed by you and is designed to help your family and friends know and understand your wishes, and where to find your important information and documents.
Hospice Isle of Man already have a booklet in place entitled Advance Care Plan, which can also be used as part of your end of life planning. This booklet is focused on allowing you to think about, and your family and friends to know and understand, your preferences around the medical care you would like at the end of your life.
A pack containing paper copies of all the booklets is available from Cruse. If you would like to order a pack, please contact us.