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Good Death Cafe planned in Nuneaton

Good Death Cafe 2016

A “Good Death Café” will take place on Saturday 14 May 2016 to raise awareness and provide helpful advice to the public and local professionals 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 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.

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

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

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. These are: 

·        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 aim of the Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016 is to increase the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement.

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 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.”

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.

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 email info@dyingmatters.org, or visit the website at www.dyingmatters.org


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