Dying Matters Awarness Week - talking openly about dying, death, and bereavement.
Many hospices held death cafés for the first time, encouraging people to come together and talk about death in a peaceful and relaxing manner, as well as drop-in session where people could get advice on putting end of life plans in place.
Others put up ‘Before I die ..’ chalkboards in shopping centres, public libraries, and other locations to encourage people to think about what they would want to achieve before they die, and hopefully ‘kick-start’ the big conversations which people need to have with those close to them.
For example, Friday saw the launch of the St Helens and Knowsley Citizens Charter for End of Life Care at Willowbrook Hospice’s new Living Well building. The charter, which was developed by the hospice in collaboration with local clinical commissioning groups, councils, hospitals and heathwatches, consists of 12 statements which outline what patients should expect when receiving care at the end of life.
Elsewhere, St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley launched a free bereavement toolkit, designed to help employers manage workplace bereavement, while St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice launched a new phone app (details below) to prompt people to talk about dying, death and bereavement.
Phone app: apple