While there’s still time: writing about putting things right
Regrets? I’ve had a few...
Life is shockingly unpredictable and too often ends before we’ve told our nearest and dearest how much we love them. Life can disappear before we’ve even thought to register a will to avoid chaos after we’ve gone, visit a long-neglected relative or gotten in touch with someone we know we treated badly in the past.
Omissions like these gnaw at us and are likely to be bitterly regretted when we face the final curtain or once others have passed away and it is too late to change anything and mend the broken bonds.
So with that in mind, Dying Matters have launched a new writing competition, ‘while there’s still time’, which is aimed at generating shared experiences that will help more people set about putting things right, planning their future and getting the best from the rest of their life.
Jacqui Cammish, legacy and in-memory fundraiser, comments: “Southampton Hospital Charity fully supports the national Dying Matters coalition. We’re encouraging supporters to think about why dying matters and to have those conversations with family and friends for when the inevitable happens. It’s important to make a will to ensure that your family, friends and your favourite charitable causes get what you want from your estate. It also brings with it a peace of mind that everything is ready and in place before you die.”
Anyone touched by regret or reconciliation - the outcome, for example, of a family rift, professional row, absence of a will or of someone’s failure to make their wishes known - is urged to put pen to paper and submit their story.”
Reading about other people’s setbacks, sadness and happiness helps us cope with our own ups and downs, and writing about experiences too painful to talk about can in itself generate a wonderful sense relief and release. It is important to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement.”
This free competition is open now and closes at midnight on 30 June 2014. Prizes are as follows: 1st prize - £200, 2nd prize - £100, 3rd prize - £50, plus highly commended certificates.