The Western Trust has urged people to talk through their wishes should they die.
Local health chiefs made the call during Dying Matters Awareness Week.
‘The Big Conversation’ - the theme of the week - encourages those of all ages to consider key issues in case of their death. These include making a will, recording your funeral wishes, planning your future care and support and considering becoming an organ donor.
Alan Corry Finn, Trust Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services, said: “Although many people and families find it hard to talk about death, dying and bereavement it is a natural part of life and can happen at any time – talking about dying won’t make it happen.
“I would strongly urge the Western Trust community join in the ‘Big Conversation’ and talk to their loved ones about their wishes and preferences to avoid them going unfulfilled and to allow people to retain control, dignity and choice wherever possible.
Furthermore, it can provide great peace of mind for all concerned, and can leave the event of your death somewhat easier to deal with, both practically and emotionally.”
For more information visit www.dyingmatters.org