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Dying Matters in the local community

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd are going to try the impossible this week and get the general public thinking and talking about death and dying as part of the nationwide annual Dying Matters Awareness Week taking place 14 – 20 May

Every year in May, Dying Matters and its coalition members, host an awareness week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

This year the event will run from 14 – 20 May and we are encouraging the local community to get involved through considering end of life care issues including making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

We will also be hosting a number of events and activities to take this further including:

  • Monday 14th May at 1.30pm An open information session in the Hospice’s Living Well Centre where members of the public, health and social care staff and volunteers can come along, talk with staff, look around the Living Well Centre and find out a bit more about the work of the hospice and the services available to anyone affected by a life limiting illness .
  • Thursday 17th May 11am – 2.30pm at the Council Building Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 OBE. A drop in session where hospice clinical staff will be available to speak with the public. We will aim to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a will, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement
  • Each day throughout the week the Hospice will post information on their facebook and twitter page relevant to the awareness week subjects.
  • The hospice coffee shop is now open Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm and will have a variety of relevant information booklets and leaflets available throughout the week.

Joanne Guerrero, Hospice of the Good Shepherd Living Well Centre and Community Development Manager said: “Many people are unsure how to start conversations with loved ones or how to support neighbours and colleagues, let alone consider what their own ideas and preferences might be until it’s too late. We are encouraging the public to talk about dying, death and bereavement, because “Talking about dying won’t make it happen!”

Hospice of the Good Shepherd is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.

If you would like to find out more please call 01244 851091 or email livingwell@hospicegs.com