Following on from the success of last year’s Good Death Café, the organisers are taking the event on a tour of the area.
A “Good Death Cafe” will take place at a string of venues in North Warwickshire between 9 – 13 May 2017. The events are being organised to raise awareness and provide helpful advice to the public and local professionals about dying, death and bereavement. Specialists will be at each venue below to help people plan for ‘end of life’ in a positive and sensitive manner:
Tuesday 9 May – Atherstone, Angel bar
Thursday 11 May – Polesworth, Tithe Barn
Friday 12 May – Bedworth, Civic Hall
Saturday 13 May – Coleshill, Old Market Hall
These end of life events are being organised to support ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ (8 – 14 May 2017), organised by the ’Dying Matters Coalition’ to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.
Kristy Clayton, Deputy Director of Nursing at The Myton Hospices, said: “Last year exceeded our expectations with hundreds attending our event in Nuneaton. This time we want to give even more people a chance to get support and advice to make a difficult event in life just that little bit easier to prepare for.
“Many of us are unprepared for this life event or need support to help make arrangements for end of life for either ourselves or our loved ones. The Good Death Café is designed to encourage members of the public take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for themselves and for their loved ones.
- Write your will
- Record your funeral wishes
- Plan your future care and support
- Consider registering as an organ donor
- Tell your loved ones your wishes
The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is “What can you do?”.
Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:
“Death cafés give us the opportunities to get past the barriers to talking about dying, and I hope lots of people take advantage of this one. Although at first it can look like a gloomy conversation, putting our end life plans in place takes a weight off our minds, and lets us get on with living.”
The Good Death Café tour has been organised by George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, The Myton Hospices, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group. It will start in Atherstone at 10am and run until 2pm on 9 May 2017, followed by:
Thursday 11 May – Polesworth, Tithe Barn (10am – 2pm)
Friday 12 May – Bedworth, Civic Hall (10am – 2pm)
Saturday 13 May – Coleshill, Old Market Hall (10am – 2pm)
Local people and professionals alike will be able to come and see what services are available in our area for people approaching the end of their life and into bereavement.
Stall holders confirmed for the event include specialists from George Eliot Hospital health and support services, representatives from Macmillan Information Service, local hospices, funeral directors, George Eliot Hospital Chaplaincy and family support services.
Refreshments will be available at each event and a friendly team of staff will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions during the event.
For further information regarding the Good Death Cafe, please call the team on 01926 353810.
For further information on the Dying Matters Coalition or events during Dying Matters Awareness Week, please call freephone 08000 214466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.dyingmatters.org
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Mary Ann Evans Hospice are two 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.
Set up by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) in 2009, the Dying Matters Coalition aims to encourage people to talk about their own end of life issues with friends, family and loved ones in order to make ‘a good death’ possible for the 500,000 people who die in England each year.
Research for Dying Matters has found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met. There is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death: 70% of people would prefer to die at home but more than half currently die in hospital.