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Come along to important event to help make preparing for dying, death and bereavement a little bit easier

Good Death Cafe 2016

Nuneaton Town Centre is hosting a Good Death Café this Saturday 14 May 2016 to raise awareness about dying, death and bereavement.

Specialists will be at the United Reformed Church, Nuneaton to help people plan for ‘end of life’ in a positive and sensitive manner.

This important end of life event is being arranged to support ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ (9th – 15th May 2016), 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.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s End of Life Care Specialist Nurse, Kristy Clayton, said: “We all recognise that the subject of dying can be a difficult one to discuss for many people.  This local event aims to provide 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.

The event is being run for a second year and is returning due to popular demand as the feedback received from those that attended previously was extremely positive

The Good Death Café has been organised by George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group.  It will take place on 14 May 2016 at the United Reformed Church between 10am and 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 specialist 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 the event and a friendly team of staff will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions during the event. Visitors will be able to find out about writing your will, recording your funeral wishes, planning for future care and support and how to tell your loved ones your wishes.

Kay Greene, Head of Clinical Services for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice is delighted that Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care will personally be joining the event on Saturday.

Kay said: “It is a real honour and privilege to have Claire join us and support this important event for local people. Sadly people only really start to think about death and dying when they have to – often missing the opportunities to say and do things which matter.

“We do understand that not all deaths are expected, but when someone knows they will not recover from their illness there is so much their local community Hospice, Mary Ann Evans can offer them and their families.

“Saturday’s event provides local people with an opportunity to learn more about what Mary Ann Evans Hospice and other services can really do to help.”    

Claire Henry 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 looks like a gloomy conversation, putting our end life plans in place takes a weight off our minds, and lets us get on with living.”

View here our video explaining why you should attend the Good Death Café. 

For further information regarding the Good Death Cafe, please call Kristy Clayton, End of Life Care Specialist Nurse on 07554115501or e-mail at:kristy.clayton@geh.nhs.uk

For further information on the Dying Matters Coalition or events during Dying Matters Awareness Week, please call freephone 08000 214466 or emailinfo@dyingmatters.org, or visit the website at www.dyingmatters.org

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